“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 coach Mike Vrabel said of Simmons.

Simmons said he’s anxious to see how his knee responds, and he senses his teammates are looking forward to it as well.

“I can hear the excitement from all the guys,” Simmons said. “They are happy that I am (going to be) on the field.”

Simmons was a beast at Mississippi State, racking up 163 tackles, seven sacks, 32.5 tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles in three seasons. He began the offseason as a potential top-10 pick.

Simmons traveled with the team to Denver and watched the game from the sideline.

He credited his faith in God for helping him recover faster than many expected.

“This process has been more mental than anything,” Simmons said. “The fire in me, knowing that I wanted to be out there, it was hard for me to just watch. Now that time is here I am just excited to get on the field and practice.

“I feel like we have one of the best defenses right now, and I feel like I can come in, whatever position that might be, and bring a little extra force to the defensive line and get more pressure on the quarterback.”

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