Malcolm Butler cleared from concussion protocol
Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler has been cleared from the league’s concussion protocol on Friday and should Sunday against the New York Jets.
Butler suffered a stinger in Monday night’s loss to the Houston Texans, and was limited on Wednesday and Thursday while he was officially in the concussion protocol. Butler practiced fully on Friday and was OK’ed to play.
“Malcolm cleared protocol, so he should be available,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said after Friday’s practice.
Butler, who signed a five-year, $61 million contract in the off-season as a free agent from the New England Patriots, has had some inconsistencies this season. Of late, Butler has been used primarily as the third cornerback in sub-packages with Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan the starters.
Butler admits his mental toughness has been tested as he has given up more than his share of big plays this season.
“My mental toughness has been tested to the fullest (this year), but I think I’ve handled it and I think I’ve responded. I’m not giving in. I’m still working hard and playing hard and I’m going to finish strong,” Butler said Friday.
The only Titans who were not present in the open portion of practice were safety Dane Cruikshank (knee) and running back David Fluellen (knee). Both have been ruled out Sunday.