NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The case against the NFL preseason as we know it needs no further evidence.

But the Titans provided a little bit last week. On Thursday night, like many of his colleagues around the league did in Week 4 of the preseason and earlier, Mike Vrabel was risk-averse and played only guys who he could afford to lose.VrabelCharge

That didn’t mean, however, he didn’t want the core of the 39 guys who didn’t play to have a day off. And while there would usually be a solid workout for those players, he set it in a different context, running what could be regarded as a padded practice.

Given a choice, then, between the scheduled game at his disposal 4.8 miles away the same evening or the safety of a non-tackling practice where his quarterback wouldn’t get hit and he could ramp up the tempo as he saw fit for conditioning purpose, he chose the latter.

Can anyone blame him?

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