After giving Titans fans a scare yesterday, temporary starting left tackle Dennis Kelly returned to practice today. That’s great news for a team that is facing the reality of facing Myles Garrett without their three time Pro Bowl tackle, however it was coupled with some not so good news... Jack Conklin missed practice. However, before you throw yourself into full scale panic mode, Mike Vrabel confidently stated that he expects Conklin to be back.
The only other Titan to miss practice today was the recently acquired Reggie Gilbert (both players were listed with knee injuries). The outside linebacker continues to work his way back from a knee injury suffered while he was in camp with the Packers. I’d be pretty surprised if Gilbert was on the field on Sunday. He’s only been here for a few days and has yet to fully practice with his new team.
#Titans release their first injury report heading into the season opener vs. the Browns. Jack Conklin DNP (knee). pic.twitter.com/2hbxBuwIaO— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) September 4, 2019
The good news is that the Titans appear to be fully healthy outside of Conklin and Gilbert. Assuming Conklin’s absence was maintenance or some minor issue, as Vrabel suggested, 52 of the 53 players on the active roster should be available for selection on Sunday in Cleveland.
The Browns are largely in the same boat as a backup linebacker and a backup defensive lineman are the only names appearing on their injury report.