The Tennessee Titans removed kicker Stephen Gostkowski off the Covid-19/reserve list and will practice this week with the anticipation that he will be able to kick in Sunday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Gostkowski was placed on the Covid-19/reserve list last week and missed last Sunday's regular-season finale against Houston, which set the stage for practice squad kicker Sam Sloman to be the hero with his banked-through 37-yard field goal as time expired in a 41-38 victory.
“Stephen will be back with us today working through the ramp up and we'll see where he's at. But he's back in with us today so we'll see where he's at moving forward,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said prior to Wednesday's practice, where the veteran kicker was a full participant.
Gostkowski has made plenty of clutch kicks during his lengthy career with the New England Patriots. He signed with the Titans as a free agent just before the start of the regular season, and has had an inconsistent season, missing eight field goals in the first nine games of the season before righting himself by making his final six field goal attempts to end his regular season.
Vrabel was asked if Gostkowski's experience and past clutch performances in the postseason mattered, and the Titans coach replied, “Just value the ones that make them. That's it, man. That's all we can go by is when they make them. We’re confident that whoever's in there is going to make them.”
While Gostkowski was activated off the Covid-19/reserve list, rookie guard Aaron Brewer was placed on the list by the club on Thursday, meaning he will miss Sunday's game.
The Titans also have rookie defensive tackle Teair Tart on the Covid/reserve list, as he was placed there before Sunday's kickoff against Houston.
Guard Rodger Saffold missed a second straight day of practice with his injured ankle, though the veteran said Wednesday he “absolutely” will play in the AFC Wild Card playoff game.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson, who was listed as limited Wednesday, did not practice on Thursday for the Titans. Others who were out of practice included tackle Dennis Kelly (knee) and receiver A.J. Brown, who was listed with both knee and hand injuries on the report.
Running back Darrynton Evans (shoulder) was limited for the second straight day. Kevin Byard (not injury related) was back and practicing for the Titans, while Derrick Henry (no injury related) was limited as the team has been resting him some on Thursdays late in the year.
Linebacker Daren Bates (hip), center Ben Jones (hamstring) and tight end Geoff Swaim (wrist) were full participants.
Outside linebacker Derick Roberson, who has missed time with a hamstring injury, was a full participant in practice for the second straight day.