Jeffery Simmons is working with Titans' director of medicine and strength coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeffery Simmons played in nine of 10 regular-season games after coming off the Titans' non-football injury list in his rookie season and was also part of their three playoff games.

But the ACL tear he suffered in Feb. of 2019 as he prepared for the combine left him with enough of an issue after his rookie year that he qualifies as a rehabilitation player for Tennessee right now.SimmonsChargers

Mike Vrabel said in a Wednesday media conference call that Simmons is working with the team's director of sports medicine Todd Torischelli and strength coach Frank Piraino. [Unlocked]

"We are excited that he Simmons is feeling better, that he is doing well and that he continues to work with Todd and Frank per the NFL guidelines as it relates to players that are rehabbing," Vrabel said.

The NFL instructed teams on March 16 to close their facilities to everyone other than players "undergoing medically supervised rehab." 

It's unclear what other Titans are qualified for such rehab.apple icon 144x144 precomposed

The Titans dealt veteran defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and his large scheduled salary to Denver for a seventh-round pick earlier this month, in part because they drafted Simmons 19th overall a year ago and expect him to take over Casey's role as an interior force.

Simmons had a big debut in Week 7 against the Chargers last and then flashed at times, but was not all the way back. Expectations are big for his second year. 

Simmons had a hamstring issue in November that cost him some practice but no games. He sat out the Week 16 game against New Orleans when the Titans rested players in a game that was unlikely to mean much.

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