Receiver Nate Washington wants to play so much with his new Tennessee teammates against the franchise that gave him his NFL start in Pittsburgh he can't sleep through the night.
The Titans signed Washington away from Pittsburgh to add some much-needed speed to their passing game. But the receiver strained his left hamstring Aug. 24, an injury that kept him out of practice until Tuesday and may keep him out of the NFL's season opener Thursday night.
"I've been waking up these past couple nights in the middle of the night thinking of rehabbing some in the middle of my sleep," Washington said.
"It's definitely something I've been trying to pry into myself that it's a 16-week season. But in all honesty, this game does mean a lot to me. It means a whole lot, whole lot to me to go out and play against these guys. I know the coaching staff is going to take precautions. ... Hopefully, they give me the go ahead."
All Titans coach Jeff Fisher would say Tuesday is no one has been ruled out against Pittsburgh. Washington was limited in his first practice since he dropped to the ground on a long pass route, but did run a few routes during team drills, work that Fisher called encouraging.