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Titans TE Jonnu Smith not physically cleared to practice

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The road back continues for Titans tight end, Jonnu Smith. 

Smith is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season and said at the team’s caravan stop in Madison Tuesday he will not be physically cleared to return when the team returns to the field for phase three of OTA’s next week. 

Smith said, “Just working hard and trying to get as better as I was before, stronger, faster. That’s what I’m doing every day. So, I can guarantee you that. It’s just patience. I got to stick to the plan and be patient.” 

It is the second time Smith has come back from a torn ACL; he suffered the same injury to the same knee when he was in college at Florida International. 

Smith struggled out of the gate last season after Delanie Walker went down with an ankle injury but became a factor in the Titans offense before suffering the injury. 

Smith led Titans tight ends with 20 catches for 258 yards and three TD’s last season. He had 18 receptions for 157 yards as a rookie. 

The Titans did not draft a tight end or add one in free agency indicating they have full confidence Smith and Walker will both return from their injuries in time for the season. 

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