Justin Hunter returns to the practice field for Titans

AP

Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter’s first couple of months as an NFL player didn’t go exactly as planned.

Hunter injured his hamstring during the team’s first OTA session, forcing him to the bench and leading wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson to tell Hunter that he needed to be tougher about fighting through injuries in order to be on the field for unpadded practices months before training camp. That’s not the ideal introduction to your new team, but the offseason will end on a higher note for Hunter.

The wideout was able to take part in practice for the first time since that fateful OTA on Wednesday, the second day of the Titans’ minicamp. Hunter did individual work and some team drills, even trying to jump into scrimmage situations before the team pulled him out. Coach Mike Munchak cited his own experience as a player in allowing Hunter to work, saying Hunter has been held out largely as a precaution of late and that he remembers feeling like an outsider in similar situations. Hunter was happy for the change.

“Seeing all them guys working so hard out there, sweating and everything, I just needed to get out there and do the same thing,” Hunter said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean.

Hunter should be able to go without restrictions come training camp, where he’ll try to earn reps alongside Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt and Nate Washington.