The furor of Titans running back LenDale White missing a voluntary practice on Tuesday has been put to rest, as Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher said it was the result of a misunderstanding. While everyone was back at practice after having Memorial Day off for the Titans, White was not there, giving Fisher a shot to question the back. “I’m anxious to hear what kind of excuse he has,” Fisher said on Tuesday.
That excuse was cleared up as it came out that White was in Denver to be with his grandmother, who was just out of intensive care after suffering major health problems that include kidney failure and heart failure. After hearing of the reason for not being with the team, Fisher was quick to backtrack and give his 2nd-year back the okay for not being there. “Organized team activities are voluntary, they are not mandatory. However, we have had perfect attendance with very few exceptions,” Fisher said. “When there is someone who is not in attendance, they typically have been excused. In order to excuse a player there has to be some kind of communication involved, and in this particular case there was a misunderstanding in communication. He had family matters to take care of which I have since been informed about. He will be back in the building Wednesday. ”
White is being counted on as of this point to be the feature back in the Titans offense, and the team needs him to be there as much as possible. That is why their was concern about his not being there on Tuesday, as there has been plenty of questions about his overall dedication to being a feature back in the National Football League. Lineback Keith Bullock spoke out about White, giving his opinion about the back and his future in the league. “In the eyes of all of his teammates he needs to commit himself,” Bulluck said in the Wednesday edition of the Tennessean.”Everybody on the team likes LenDale as a person, but he hasn’t proven anything to anyone as a football player. Potential is one thing, but you have to apply it.”
For now, White is back in the good graces of his team for his commitment to being a family guy, and having a legit excuse for missing the practice. Still though, there will be questions about if he can be a starting and feature running back in the National Football League. It’s a question that the Titans, as well as Jeff Fisher has, and one that needs to be answered before the team takes the field for real on September 9th.