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Ryan Tannehill missed Friday's practice with an illness but should play Sunday.

There was a brief scare for the Tennessee Titans on Friday when starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was absent from practice.

Tannehill was added to the team's lengthy injury report with an illness, but was given no designation, which indicates that the veteran will be under center when the Titans host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Head coach Mike Vrabel was asked if Tannehill's illness was Covid related and he replied, “Illness. No designation.”

Tannehill missed time in training camp and preseason this summer when he was on placed on the Covid-19 list and had to be away from the team for 10 days.

In Tannehill's absence Friday, backup Logan Woodside ran the offense in practice.

Not there yet?

Julio Jones missed another practice with his injured hamstring on Friday, and is status for Sunday is questionable. Jones has already missed three full games with the recurring injury, and missed a good portion of a fourth.

Vrabel was asked if the Titans perhaps need to place Jones on injured reserve and give him a minimum of three weeks rest and rehab to perhaps get the injury behind him. Jones, 32, had a lingering hamstring issue last year with the Atlanta Falcons as well.

“I don't know if we're in a position to do really anything. We're just trying to find 48 guys that are available and that can help the team win. If that's the decision we end up making, we'll make it, but I don't think we're in that position right now,” Vrabel said.

Getting closer

Cornerback Kristian Fulton, who has been out a month with a hamstring injury, practiced all week and there is a possibility that he could be activated off injured reserve in time to play against the Saints.

The Titans secondary has played well of late, even using patchwork cornerbacks to fill in with Fulton out. Chris Jackson starte last week and played well in the win over the Rams opposite veteran Jackrabbit Jenkins. Chris Jones and Elijah Molden played in sub-packages.

A little reminder

Adrian Peterson, who had 21 yards and a touchdown in his Titans debut Sunday night against the Rams, said he didn't even need to watch film to know what he needed to improve upon. His 10-year-old son sent him a quick reminder.

“I didn't have to watch the film. I Facetimed my son, and he said, 'Dad, why are you running so high?' That's one thing I always preach to him, and he was preaching it to me. I said, 'You know what? You're right.' That's one thing I took away from it,” Peterson said.