Chris Johnson missed practice yesterday with sore ribs. It sounds like a situation where it was really a day off for Johnson to heal up and get himself right, more so than some big injury. Wyatt and Glennon also noted that the Titans RB coach Jim Skipper and CJ had a sit down in the past few days:
"They just wanted to really know how I was feeling and things like that, and I let them know I was good," Johnson said. "They just wanted to make sure I wasn't getting down on myself.
"I am not frustrated. I have been in the league long enough I know things sometimes take time. We have 14 games left and we'll get rolling."
Last year's game against the Broncos was a debacle on the field, and in the headlines the next day. Several Broncos players, and even their jag-off of a head coach Josh McDaniels, called the Titans cheap and took shots at several players. Our guys have not forgiven or forgotten:
"I did say he was a whiner. I stand by those comments," Ball said. "I have total respect for him in terms of where he is as a quarterback, but you don't need to say stuff to the officials to try and get calls out there. He was trying to get calls from the officials all game."
Derrick Morgan got fined for making a completely legitimate play. It was a dumb penalty at the time, and it's a dumb fine from the NFL head office. What's more insulting is that Morgan got fined for not being able to stop himself in mid-air, but Ed Reed won't get fined a cent for almost breaking Kenny Britt's neck on that brutal face mask tackle.
Damian Williams and Chris Hope returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday.
Kenny Britt is good at football.
Chris Johnson made the Week 2 Bad Day team over at PFF. Also on the list: Jason Babin.
PFF also lauds Cortland Finnegan. I mentioned on MCM Radio that I'm starting to think that moving Finnegan around on the field might be helping him focus on his job, rather than playing the head games that often got him in trouble. Ben Stockwell puts it better than I did:
Where Finnegan usually looks to play the man, he turned his attention to the ball this weekend and it paid dividends.
Matt Hasselbeck continues to make the media rounds.
Marc Mariani is among several NFL return specialist trying to figure out how to make an impact within the confines of the new kick-off rules.
The Titans will honor Renata Soto, who was awarded the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, at Sunday's game.
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