Bates (knee) is ready to go for Monday's contest against the Colts, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. After a healthy week of practice, Bates was a late addition to the injury report Saturday. It looks like the team was just being cautious with his designation, as he is suiting up for Week 6. Look for him to resume his role providing depth at linebacker.
Bates is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Colts with a knee injury, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. Bates was a new addition to the injury report Friday and was limited the rest of the week. The 26-year-old has mostly been utilized on special teams with the Titans this season.
Bates (finger) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report and is expected to be available for Sunday's matchup with the Raiders. Bates has been praised for his special teams ability, and he played just 30 defensive snaps for the Raiders in 2016. He's expected to see more time on defense with the Titans, but nothing that should propel him into fantasy relevance.
Bates signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Titans on Friday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Bates played in all 16 games last season for the Raiders, becoming a staple of the special-teams unit in the process. Titans general manager Jon Robinson said of the newly acquired linebacker: "Bates is another fast, violent player in the kicking game. I like his intensity, like his instincts and his reckless abandon to throw himself in there to make a play." He recorded 12 tackles last year (eight solo).
Bates recorded one tackle during Oakland's 35-34 win over New Orleans on Sunday. Bates functioned primarily as a special teams asset Sunday where he saw 28 snaps. It appears that the leg injury Bates suffered a few weeks back is no longer an issue.