Head coach Mike Mularkey hopeful the Clemson product ready to play in third preseason game.
If the Tennessee Titans are going to climb out of the AFC South cellar this season, they’re going to need all the help they can get. Fortunately, reinforcements are on the way, as second-round draft pick Kevin Dodd was removed from the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday following a “rigorous” workout.
Dodd underwent foot surgery back in May to prepare a stress fracture he sustained during OTAs. The 6-foot-5, 277-pound outside linebacker has been unable to practice with the team ever since, but plans on making his NFL debut as soon as he works himself back into football shape.
“I am still getting after it, working and taking it step by step and hopefully will be back soon,” Dodd told the team web site. “Of course, I kind of want to be out there, but it is what’s best. The coaches, they know what is best for me. It is up to me to just trust their plan.”
Dodd played only sparingly his first three seasons in college before bursting onto to the scene with 12.5 sacks and 24.0 tackles for loss as a senior. The Titans are hopeful the 24-year-old can provide an immediate impact as a situational pass-rusher while rotating with outside linebackers Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo.
While the injury was a setback, it shouldn’t deter Dodd from seeing the field in 2016. He may get off to a slow start and play only sparingly at the beginning of the season, but he has the chance to become a bigger contributor as the season goes on.