Titans Starting Safety Johnathan Cyprien to Miss a Few Weeks

(The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that starting safety Johnathan Cyprien will be out for “a few weeks,” Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Cyprien suffered a hamstring injury halfway through the fourth quarter of the Titans’ 26-16 loss to the Raiders and did not return. The Titans called it a strained hamstring after the game.

“Fortunately, we have some depth at that position,” Mularkey said. “We have some guys that can step in.”

Da’Norris Searcy, who started 14 games for the Titans last season, will step in for Cyprien. The Titans also have safeties Brynden Trawick and Curtis Riley on the 53-man roster.

Cyprien, who signed a four-year, $25 million deal to leave Jacksonville for Tennessee in March, struggled with tackling and taking bad angles against the Raiders, but he was looking forward to rebounding in his return to Jacksonville.

NFL Week One Inactives – Raiders at Titans

The Raiders have declared CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, DT Darius Latham, S Keith McGill, FB Jamize Olawale, OT David Sharpe, OT Jylan Ware inactive for Week 1.

The Tennessee Titans have declared LB Josh Carraway, LB Kevin Dodd, DL David King, OL Corey Levin, LB Nate Palmer, S Curtis Riley, CB LeShaun Sims inactive for Week 1.

Miller Light Kicks Off Football Season With Free Rides For Titans Fans

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For the third season, the Original Light Beer is providing safe and free rides to Titans fans on game day. In partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) and DET Distributing Company, Miller Lite will give away free rides on the Music City Star commuter train to fans for all regular season home games beginning September 10.

“As a company, MillerCoors believes that drunk driving is  preventable and is committed to making sure football fans in the Nashville community can enjoy Miller Lite and game day responsibly,” said Diane Wager, alcohol responsibility manager for MillerCoors. “Through continued partnerships with RTA and DET Distributing, the Free Rides program lets fans enjoy games while providing a safe and free transportation alternative.”

Titans fans are able to reserve their train tickets two weeks in advance of each game at TicketsNashville.com. The Music City Star Game-Day Express covers all destinations east of Nashville all the way to Lebanon in Wilson County. Specific route and schedule information is available at www.musiccitystar.org and departure schedule will be noted on tickets.

“We’re excited to partner with Miller Lite once again to offer free train rides on game-day,” said Steve Bland, Nashville MTA and RTA Chief Executive Officer. “Our top priority is always the safety and security of our customers, so we’re pleased to provide Titans fans with an easy and convenient way to enjoy all home games.”

“We’re proud to be partnering with Miller Lite and the RTA to bring Free Rides back to Nashville for the Titans’ entire home season,” said Fred Dettwiller, President of DET Distributing. “We hope people will make a plan and let the Free Rides program be their designated driver this season to keep our roadways safe.”

As part of the 2025 Global Goals MillerCoors developed in partnership with Molson Coors, we aim to implement impactful programs to prevent drunk driving in every market where we sell beer. Designated driver and safe ride programs like Miller Lite Free Rides are critical components of meeting that goal.

Since the Free Rides program’s inception 29 years ago, safe rides have been provided to more than 5 million people in 26 cities. During the 2016-2017 regular season, Miller Lite provided more than 6,000 free rides to Titans fans. The program has earned the full support of state and local law enforcement and is part of MillerCoors overall commitment to preventing drunk driving.

Throughout the 2017-2018 professional football season, Miller Lite Free Rides will also be offered in Atlanta; Cincinnati; and Philadelphia.

For more information, visit www.MillerLiteFreeRides.com

Titans Co-Owner Selling Her Stake in Team

Susie Adams Smith is selling her share of the Titans’ parent company, KSA Industries, which was founded by her late father, Bud Adams, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports.

The company includes several businesses in addition to the NFL team, including oil, gas and real estate.

Her sister, Amy Adams Strunk, also owns one-third of the company and will remain the team’s controlling owner.

The Titans released a statement on Tuesday afternoon from Adams Strunk:

“Recently Susie (Smith) began the process of selling her portion of KSA Industries, which includes a fractional indirect interest in the Tennessee Titans. We respect her right to make this decision and will cooperate fully with the process, which will not impact team operations in any way.

“Regardless of the outcome of this process, I will continue to serve as the controlling owner of the Titans. The remaining two-thirds of the team controlled by myself, Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis is not and has never been for sale.

“Both personally and as a group, we have invested time, effort and capital to improve this franchise and we are excited to see the results on and off the field for years go come.”

Earlier today, Titans president and CEO Steve Underwood told Bloomberg: “Amy Strunk before, after and during the sale will remain in full and complete control of Titans operations. Literally nothing will change about our day-to-day operations.”

Forbes valued the Titans at $2 billion in 2016, making Smith’s stake worth approximately $660 million. The Titans are the 24th most-valuable team in the league.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Progressing, Still Feeling Leg Stiffness

Marcus Mariota is starting to feel the toll the NFL takes your body, Colton Pouncy of the Tennessean reports. Especially when coming off of a fractured fibula like the one Mariota suffered in December.

“It takes me a little longer to warm up,” Mariota said when asked about his leg at Thursday’s Titans training camp practice, slightly laughing. “It gets stiff once practice kind of stops and we’re done for the day. But that’s just how it is. That’s what’s going to happen. If I gotta spend an extra five to 10 minutes to get my body prepared, I’ll do that.”

Mariota hasn’t hesitated to roll out. He’s throwing on the run and planting on that surgically repaired right leg that has a metal plate.

“It’s feeling better with every day,” Mariota said. “We haven’t had a setback or anything like that. So, you know, a lot of credit goes to the training staff here for helping me get warmed up and helping me once the practice is done getting prepared for the next day.”

Titans Ink Former Colts OLB Erik Walden

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The Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Colts outside linebacker and MTSU standout Erik Walden, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean has confirmed.

Walden, who turns 32 in August, set career highs with 11 sacks and three forced fumbles last season, his fourth with Indianapolis. He started all 16 games.

Walden was a sixth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2008 after he was twice named first-team All-Sun Belt as a defensive end at MTSU.

Walden has also played for the Chiefs, Dolphins and Packers, winning Super Bowl XLV with Green Bay in 2010. But he didn’t play in the game after suffering an ankle injury in the NFC Championship, which has “kind of been haunting me,” he told the Indianapolis Star in 2015.

“That’s been my motivation, to get back to that show, and, Lord willing this time, to be able to play,” he said.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Feels Ready to Go For Training Camp

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Marcus Mariota is ready to go for Titans training camp after spending the offseason recovering from a broken right leg, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports. The players report Friday and the first practice is Saturday.

“I feel great,” Mariota told the team’s website on Tuesday. “With camp starting on Friday I think my body is in good shape, and I can’t wait to get it going.”

Mariota had surgery after fracturing his right fibula at Jacksonville in the second-to-last game last season. He spent much of the offseason rehabbing in Hawaii and Oregon and was a limited participant during the Titans’ offseason workouts.

“I will be ready to go with everything,” Mariota said during a stop at DeKalb County High School, one of four promotional visits he’s making to Tennessee highs schools as part of the Titans’ affiliation with Saint Thomas Health. “I will be full-go in practice, and I will be able to do everything with the guys. And I am excited about that because I wasn’t able to do it in OTAs. It should be a lot of fun.”

Titans Release Super Cool ‘Pump Up’ Video for Upcoming Camp and Season

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Fans have high hopes for the Titans this season, and with camp getting ready to kickoff this week, the team today put out a tweet with a sweet two minute video getting fans pumped up for camp and the season in less than two months.