Titans QB Collins returns to practice, could start vs. Jaguars

Kerry Collins returned to practice with the Tennessee Titans for the first time since he strained his left calf Nov. 14, and the veteran quarterback has a chance to start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Collins was limited as the Titans worked Wednesday indoors in a practice that mostly was a walkthrough.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Collins is better but still considered day to day. Collins threw passes during a seven-on-seven period and participated in the walkthrough. Fisher said the Titans will see how the 16-year veteran is Thursday.

"He's much better -- actually he's better than he was Sunday, which is encouraging," Fisher said.

Rookie Rusty Smith started last Sunday and struggled, throwing for just 138 yards with three interceptions in a 20-0 loss to the Houston Texans. Regular starter Vince Young is out for the season after he tore the flexor tendon in the thumb of his throwing hand during a Nov. 21 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.

According to Fisher, Collins' potential return has been "a significant boost" to Tennessee's offense, which can do more with the veteran than Smith.

"Guys are excited," the coach said.

Seven Titans didn't practice, but wide receiver Kenny Britt also returned in a limited fashion. This was his first practice since he strained his right hamstring during an Oct. 31 loss at San Diego.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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