Titans' Treylon Burks Looks Smooth In Return To Practice

Treylon BurksNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Treylon Burks can do what he did Monday, 12 days after suffering an LCL strain after a several-step stumble took him to the ground following a deep-ball catch in Eagan, Minn., there is plenty of cause to expect he can be ready in 13 more days to play in New Orleans.

Burks took part in most of the receivers' individual period at practice under the guidance of Rob Moore, looking pretty smooth and comfortable without a brace or sleeve on his left knee.

At one point he leaped high to one hand a ball over a tackling dummy and an assistant holding two high padded arms that a pass had to clear. [Unblocked]

"I'm doing exactly what the training room has me do, I'm just going to keep going about my process," he said before practice when he didn't indicate he'd be participating in any level of the session.

Practice closed to media after that positional work, so we don't know if he did any seven-on-seven work or more after that, but a player returning to work after an injury typically starts with the individual period only. "I feel great. I just keep praying to God, and everything keeps getting better."

I asked about how fearful he was he did worse damage at the joint practice with the Vikings when he wound up carted off the practice field.

"Anybody that has a knee injury would be pretty scared, God took care of me throughout that process and we got what we wanted to hear and just keep going about it," he said. "It was a little bit frustrating, but I didn't let it get to me because once I got the MRI information back, it calmed me down a lot and I was able to just regroup, get back in tune with the plays and everything and just go about my business."

He said it has not been difficult to maintain his fitness so he doesn't have to do any catching up in that department as he returns.

"Not when you play for the Titans," he said with a grin. "I would just say Vrabes, Todd (Toriscelli) and Frank (Piraino) they do a great job of making sure that we can do anything just to make sure that our conditioning is up, that we're lifting and just staying in football shape."

Another injured Titans receiver, Kyle Philips, wore a bulky brace on his left knee in the locker room. It seemed less likely he will manage a return for opening day.

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