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Walker Optimistic About Quick Return

Posted by Craig Peters on July 25, 2013 – 11:33 pm

Delanie Walker, shown practicing during OTAs in May, thinks he will be able to return to action within two weeks.

Delanie Walker, shown practicing during OTAs in May, thinks he will be able to return to action within two weeks.

Delanie Walker, one of the marquee free agents signed by the Titans this offseason, opened training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list Thursday but doesn’t plan to stay there long.

Walker underwent a knee scope between mini-camp and training camp but said he’s making progress to return to action.

“I’d probably say two weeks,” Walker said. “I feel good, but you never know. I say two weeks, but it could be earlier.”

Walker and Titans safety Robert Johnson spent some time during Thursday’s afternoon practice working out with undulating exercise ropes that had been set up outside. Walker said the punishing but productive workout session resulted from his request to do more.

“It’s hard to just keep me in the training room. I told them I need to get some extra work, so we went out there and got on those ropes and tried to go after it,” Walker said. “It got me at the end, but I was fighting with it. If I can keep doing that every day just to get a step better, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

Walker’s optimism is not limited to how soon he thinks he can be back in action. He said he sees similar elements from the Titans this offseason that he saw during his previous seven seasons in San Francisco when the 49ers emerged from several frustrating seasons to back-to-back appearances in the NFC Championship and this past season’s trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

“With the Niners, it took us about three years because we had so many offensive coordinators and so many head coaches,” Walker said. “So when Jim Harbaugh got there, it actually took that training camp where we knew we were a team that everybody was going to be worried about, and I see that here. I see that glimpse of it, where some days, we’re on. Our defense is on, our offense is on, but it’s got to be every day and that’s why we have training camp. We’ll get to that point because we’ve got the players here, we’ve got the talent, we’ve got the coaches. All it takes is just doing it every day.”


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