It appears that Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel will welcome back a key part of his secondary when the team hosts the New York Jets on Sunday.

Malcolm Butler, who signed a huge deal with the franchise in the offseason after hitting free agency, is expected to return to the field against the Jets.

Vrabel fully expects Butler to be available after clearing the NFL's concussion protocol, according to the Associated Press.

Here's what Butler had to say about his return and ongoing struggles in his first year with the Titans:

“My mental toughness has been tested to the fullest (this year), but I think I’ve handled it and I think I’ve responded,” Butler said. “I’m not giving in. I’m still working hard and playing hard and I’m going to finish strong.”

One bright spot for Butler and Tennessee secondary is that there are very few intimidating passing attacks left on the schedule.

Vrabel's team will face backup quarterbacks in three of next four games, with the inconsistent Eli Manning waiting in between.

The Titans seemed to be on the right track after a two-game winning streak against the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

However, with back-to-back losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, the team is now back under .500 at 5-6 on the season.

It will likely take a long winning streak for the Titans to get back in playoff contention, as Houston has won eight straight to take control of the division after losing its first three games on the year.