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Titans’ first-round pick Jeffery Simmons to begin practicing this week

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Not all is well in Nashville these days. The struggling Tennessee Titans are currently trying to sort out their starting quarterback situation. However, there is at least some good news stemming from Tennessee this week as 2019 first round NFL Draft pick and former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons is scheduled to return to practice.

Simmons, who was originally selected by the Titans with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State, has yet to play his first snap as a NFL defender as the rookie defensive lineman continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered back in February.

“I am excited to get out there and play football again,” Simmons recently said, via the team’s official website. “I am ready. I feel ready, my body is feeling good, my knee is feeling good — that’s the main thing. So right now I just want to get out there, see how comfortable I am with it and go from there.”

Considered to be one of the top players in this year’s draft class, Simmons’ injury obviously set him back in addition to some well-documented off-the-field trouble. Nonetheless, the Titans were able to selected Simmons well into the first round despite many initially believing that he was a top 10 talent coming out of college.

“We anticipate him practicing and we’ll make a smart decision as always in the best interest of the player when it deals with injuries and his comfort level and when he might return,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said of Simmons, via the team’s official website.

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The Titans are just 2-4 on the season and can certainly use Simmons as the Tennessee defense continues to carry the bulk of the load for the struggling AFC South franchise.