Tennessee Titans first-round pick Rashaan made his first appearance at practice Wednesday since suffering an undisclosed injury on the first day of padded practices on July 28.
Evans’ appearance on the practice field was brief as he did just three reps in individual work before removing his helmet and speaking with Titans trainer Todd Toriscelli, who shut him down for the rest of the day. For the remainder of the open portion of practice that could be reported on, Evans watched the remaining inside linebackers run through their drills, as Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson also chatted briefly with the first-round pick.
“Rashaan wasn’t feeling great after individual, so we’ll give him some more treatment and we’ll give him some more time,” Vrabel said. “As soon as he’s ready, we’ll get him back out there.”
Evans told reporters before practice Wednesday that he hopes to be back as soon as possible.
“I want to be out there playing, playing football. That’s what I came here to do,” Evans said before practice began. “That’s something I’ve been doing my whole life, but I had to put that on hold. Now, I’m feeling better and better each and every day. There’s no timetable. It really could be at any time. But the number one thing is to be more safe than sorry. I’m going to take this thing slow, but when it’s time to go, I’m full go.”
Evans, the 22nd overall pick in the draft from the University of Alabama, was expected to be a strong contender to start at inside linebacker, but has lost valuable training camp time and preseason game time. Veteran Will Compton, signed as an insurance policy at the position, has been taking first team reps since camp began, playing there even before Evans went down with his injury.
Two other players who have been out of practice – both undrafted rookies – returned to the practice field in wide receiver Deontay Burnett and running back Akrum Wadley.