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Titans OLB Jonathan Massaquoi rehabilitating shoulder

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Tennessee Titans get into team work at their first full OTA practice on Tuesday, outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi is not expected to be part of it.

The Titans are hopeful Massaquoi, claimed off waivers from Atlanta at the start of March, can be a solid role player at a position where they need depth.

While he can play both sides, I think he’s penciled in on the right, behind big free-agent acquisition Brian Orakpo.

But Massaquoi is recovering from shoulder surgery he had after he came to Nashville. It removed a bone spur that was an irritation. It’s been categorized to me as a minor cleanup, but it’s unlikely Massaquoi will be doing much beyond participating in the linebackers period of practice while positions work individually.

It’s most likely he won’t be all the way back until training camp.

This helps create increased opportunity for several unproven outside linebackers: sixth-round draft pick Deiontrez Mount, Chaz Sutton, Kaelin Burnett and two undrafted rookies, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and J.R. Tavai.

No matter how those guys fare, I'd expect Massaquoi will have a chance to earn a role come late summer.