NASHVILLE -- Summer vacation.
That was the surprise news a day early for the Tennessee Titans, after coach Mike Munchak ended minicamp Wednesday because he liked how the team handled the no-script workouts the first two days.
"I told them on Tuesday that I felt good about what we were doing and that we'd come out and do pre-game warmups and 15-minute quarters," Munchak said. "I feel good about that. I don't know if one more day could have made it any better.
Three practices in a row at this level, it's not easy to do. ... I feel like we've gotten as much done as we can, coaches included. Everyone can enjoy a good break."
The Titans are in a make-or-break season for Munchak and perhaps the front office after going 6-10 a year ago. So far, so good, says Munchak.
"I think we're excited about where we're at," he said. "I think we've accomplished a lot since the end of the season. (General Manager) Ruston Webster, myself and the staff, we've done everything we could to make this thing different next year. We've got a lot of work ahead of us, but we're happy with what we're doing."
Asked if he felt he was on the hot seat, Munchak said that isn't a concern for him now.
"I understand," he said. "You can't worry about that. I don't worry about that. Our plan is to be successful and if it doesn't work, we'll worry about the alternative later. I'm looking forward to it. I think it's a great challenge for us. We have an interesting scheduled to start off, and we'll see."
--Rookie WR Justin Hunter returned to the practice field during workouts, but was limited to individual work due to a slight hamstring injury. He's expected to be ready when training camp practices begin July 25.
"He's been running and doing some individual work with the trainers," Munchak said. "Especially young guys, they want to come in and show you what they can do."
Munchak said he empathizes with his rookie receiver, recalling his own playing days when an injury kept him off the field. He said Hunter could've done more, but the Titans were being cautious.
"There were days we could've let him practice, let him do a little more, but we didn't want to go through that with the hamstring," Munchak said.
With veteran tackles Michael Roos (back) and David Stewart (leg) limited in mini-camp due to injuries, the Titans filled the lone remaining spot on their 90-man camp roster with veteran T Barry Richardson. Richardson made 16 starts at right tackle for the St. Louis Rams last year, and played for the Kansas City Chiefs prior to that.
Safety Markelle Martin has taken few reps since being drafted in the sixth round in 2012. He was already battling a knee injury that cost him his entire rookie season. Now, as he was ready to battle for a backup safety spot, he's sidelined with a groin injury that may have him on the PUP list to begin training camp.
"When I'm fully healthy, I'll be able to go at full speed and be able to compete," Martin said. "It's definitely frustrating because you feel like you're halfway in and halfway out on the field."
Injuries to Martin and safety Robert Johnson had the Titans experimenting with cornerback Alterraun Verner as a backup free safety.