Step by step, Titans linebacker is getting closer to playing in his first game.

Outside linebacker Kevin Dodd had foot surgery on Thursday morning.

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“It is preventative,’’ Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “It’s not major. He is going to miss the OTAs and the veteran minicamp (next month) but he should be back for training camp. I think it was smart on all of our sides to get it done now.”

Dodd, the team’s second-round pick out of Clemson, had some soreness out of the rookie minicamp earlier this month. The Titans did additional tests on his right foot, and decided to take care of the injury now to be safe. Dodd was on the practice field on Tuesday.

“He’ll miss some initial days here because he’ll be on crutches,’’ Mularkey said of Dodd. “But as soon as he can support his weight he’ll be out here and at least get some visual work with it. But obviously any time you are out it puts you behind.”

Titans rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd saw his snap count triple on Sunday compared to the previous week, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford saw him up close.

Dodd recorded his first career sack in Sunday’s 16-15 win over the Lions, and he was also credited with a quarterback hit and six tackles.

“Not going where you expected to go, it will push you. You are going to have a little chip on your shoulder or what not. I am still going to work. I am still going to do what Kevin Dodd has been doing. I have been grinding since day one.”

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Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd is rarin’ to go. Dodd is expected to bolster the team’s pass rush as a rookie, and in years to come.

On the first day of training camp on Saturday, Dodd was in uniform like the rest of his teammates. But instead of practicing, he worked on his own, and then stood on a fence line to sign autographs for fans afterward. Dodd was placed on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list because of a foot injury that required surgery during the offseason. “It is real difficult just to not be able to be out there and be a part of this team,’’ Dodd said. “But the smartest thing for me now is to not be out there.

The wait is over for Titans rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd.
On Wednesday, the team officially activated Dodd from the Physically Unable to Perform list, a day after Titans coach Mike Mularkey talked with optimism about him returning to the field.

The Titans drafted linebacker Kevin Dodd in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson, but he only made a small contribution during his rookie season because of a lingering foot injury.

In his final collegiate game, Kevin Dodd made a splash – the Clemson pass rusher racked up three sacks in the national title game against Alabama, and looked dominant doing so.

In Clemson outside linebacker Kevin Dodd, they believe they’ve found a player who can help. “Not going where you expected to go, it will push you. You are going to have a little chip on your shoulder or what not. I am still going to work. I am still going to do what Kevin Dodd jersey has been doing. I have been grinding since day one.”

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Dodd was placed on Injured Reserved at the end of the season.

Dodd, who had foot surgery during the offseason and has dealt with lingering issues with the injury, was inactive this past Sunday against the Colts. Nike Titans #8 Marcus Mariota Black Men's Stitched NFL Limited Gold Salute To Service Jersey

In the third round of Friday night’s NFL Draft, the Titans moved up to select Western Kentucky receiver .

A 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, Taylor was a playmaker for the Hilltoppers, and he’ll look to do the same for the Titans.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Taylor said. “I am still trying to soak it all in. I feel so blessed and so grateful to be a part of the Titans organization, great fans, great city, great everything. I am just ready to go to work.

Titans safety Kevin Byard is very familiar with three of the team’s first four draft picks – Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, Western Kentucky’s Taywan Taylor and FIU’s Jonnu Smith. Byard faced all three in college while playing at MTSU.

“All those guys bring a different aspect to the game,’’ said Byard, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft. “Corey Davis, he’s a guy who can play on the outside, and he can take a top off a defense. Taywan Taylor can catch screens and do whatever from the slot. And Jonnu Smith is going to be able to come in and learn from Delanie Walker and be able soak up the game from him and still be a threat when he comes in. So it just brings a different dynamic to the game and teams are going to have to game plan against that.”

In the NFL Draft, the Titans added two receivers early, beginning with Davis, who caught 97 balls for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. His 5,278 career receiving yards is an FBS record, and he ranks second in NCAA history in career receiving touchdowns with 52.