Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree made his Training Camp debut on Friday after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Dupree missed the Titans’ first seven practices because a team physician hadn’t yet cleared him. The 28-year-old pass rusher tore his ACL in December 2020.
His absence from camp wasn’t too long, though; he got clearance to join the team for practice No. 8 after passing a physical.
WHAT HE DID
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In his first practice with the Titans, Dupree participated fully in the opening stretch and individual periods. He worked alongside his fellow outside linebackers and OLB coach Ryan Crow.
This is right in line with what CB Caleb Farley was allowed to do in his first practice after being removed from the Non-Football Injury list.
Unlike Farley, though, Dupree also participated in some team drills during his first practice.
Dupree participated in a red-zone 7-on-7 drill early in practice; he lined up and competed against members of the Titans’ offensive line.
It’s a great sign that Dupree was able to work in team drills on just his first day back.
WHAT HE DIDN’T DO
While Dupree, did participate during the 7-on-7 period, he was absent from all 11-on-11 team drills during Friday’s practice.
Considering that it was a bit of a surprise to see Dupree in on 7-on-7 drills, it definitely wasn’t much of a shocker that he didn’t move past that point.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel prefers to ease players recovering from an injury back into the full swing of things once they’re cleared to practice, and his approach will be no different with Dupree.
Dupree practicing on Friday was a good indicator that he’s well on his way to being ready to go for Week One in September.
He didn’t commit to that timeline in his press conference following practice, but he did say that making his Titans debut in the season opener is the goal.
“God willing, I’m out there,” Dupree said. “I’m working hard to be in a position to play whenever they need me to play.”
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