Titans' Rashaan Evans returns to practice field

Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans, who had missed more than three weeks of practice for what coach Mike Vrabel initially said was "heat-related" reasons, made his long-awaited return to the practice field on Wednesday.

The first-round pick initially did some upper-body work using a weighted rope and a medicine ball before progressing to ladder drills and light sprints last week. Evans took part in a small portion of individual drills Wednesday but didn't finish the period, instead standing and watching other linebackers.

Evans was alternating first-team reps with veteran free-agent acquisition Will Compton before missing time. He said the extra work in the classroom helped him get a better grasp on the scheme, but he acknowledged his preference for being on the field to feel the turf.