Titans’ Walker, Orakpo ready for opener

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said Monday they will be ready for Sunday’s season opener against the Dolphins in Miami, while right tackle Jack Conklin is getting closer to a return.Walker, who has been battling an apparent toe injury, and Orakpo (shoulder) each returned to practice last week after missing all of the preseason. The Titans have been extremely tight-lipped about injuries under new head coach Mike Vrabel, but Walker has consistently targeted a Week 1 return, while Orakpo said Monday he’s “ready to rock and roll.”Conklin, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the divisional playoffs in mid-January, was activated from the physically unable to perform list before final cuts and did limited work in individual drills at Monday’s practice. General manager Jon Robinson said Conklin is “progressing nicely,” but no timetable has been given for the tackle’s return.Conklin’s activation indicates the team expects him back before Week 7, but he could miss a few weeks while working back to 100 percent. Veteran Dennis Kelly has worked as the starter at right tackle in Conklin’s absence.Orakpo, 32, could be counted on heavily early on, as fellow starter Derrick Morgan and second-round pick Harold Landry are each battling injuries of their own.

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