The Titans are encouraged by medical reports on defensive coordinator Dean Pees, who was to return to Nashville on Monday after experiencing a “medical issue” in Sunday’s game against the Colts that caused his hospitalization, the Titans’ official website reported.
Pees, 69, remained in an Indianapolis hospital overnight for testing after being transported there early in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Coach Mike Vrabel on Monday said “everything that would be really worrisome has been ruled out from the neurologists in Indy.”
Things apparently were positive enough that Vrabel joked: “He is trying to come in this afternoon, and we have the security guards making sure he doesn’t come in here.”
Pees left the press box in a wheelchair in the first quarter of the Titans’ 38-10 loss. Vrabel said he called the defensive signals the rest of the day.
The Titans (5-5) had the NFL’s top-ranked defense going into Sunday’s game and are now ranked No. 2 behind the Ravens. Tennessee travels to Houston to face the Texans (7-3) next Monday in an important AFC South game.
“I told him to work banker’s hours for the rest of the week — come in at 9, and make sure you are out of here at 5 o’clock,” Vrabel said of Pees. “I do see him coming back shortly. But I want to make sure he is getting plenty of rest, and we are not rushing anything. We do have an extra day with the Monday night game.”