Titans LT Lewan will play vs Bears despite sprained knee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan practiced fully on Friday and will start against the Chicago Bears on Sunday despite having a sprained left knee.
Lewan hurt his knee on the Titans' final offensive series of a loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He wore a protective brace on the knee in Friday's practice and said he expects to be 100 percent by Sunday.
The left tackle said he and the team initially feared the worst. Lewan crumpled to the turf Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium after hearing a loud pop in his knee.
''I thought it was a six-to-niner in months,'' Lewan said of how long he expected to be out. ''We definitely thought it was way worse than it ended up being. I got really lucky. I definitely dodged a huge bullet, but that's not going to stop me from playing fast.''
Lewan said that even the medical staff apparently had that initial fear of a worst-case scenario.
''That's what we thought at first,'' Lewan said. ''That's what the doctor said, that that's possibly what we're looking at here. Anytime you hear information like that, it definitely humbles you for sure.''
Lewan sat out Wednesday's practice, was limited on Thursday, but practiced fully on Friday.
''He's a tough guy anyhow,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. ''He didn't have to show me anything. I know he's tough. I appreciate him doing that.''
The Titans added safety Daimion Stafford to the injury report on Friday after he tweaked his hamstring during the session. He was listed as limited and will be questionable against the Bears.
Tight end Phillip Supernaw has been ruled out as he remains in the league's concussion protocol stemming from the injury he suffered last week.
Running back DeMarco Murray (foot) and defensive back Brice McCain (knee) both practiced fully and are expected to play.
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