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Titans' Bulluck practices for first time since hurting rib

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans appear to be healing up.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck practiced Thursday for the first time since hurting a rib on Nov. 2, and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch also practiced as he tries to return after missing three of the past four games.

Bulluck cracked some cartilage holding a rib near his chest in the Titans' 19-16 overtime win Nov. 2 over Green Bay. He sat out practices but still played in wins at Chicago and at Jacksonville.

Coach Jeff Fisher said they have not decided what to do with backup cornerback Eric King. He had surgery Tuesday on a broken left forearm that will keep him out the rest of the regular season.

The Titans have a three-game lead for home-field advantage and a first-round playoff bye, which could give him more time for a return.

Cornerback Nick Harper did not practice with a right foot injury, and said he's day to day. He sat out last week's game in Jacksonville, and he said they want to heal the injury so it doesn't nag him the rest of the season.

Defensive ends Jevon Kearse (knee) and William Hayes (knee) did not practice with a day of rest. Defensive tackle Jason Jones (foot) also sat out again, along with cornerback Reynaldo Hill (hip).

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