Tennessee Titans bring back Avery Williamson; Amani Hooker will return to practice from IR

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

Avery Williamson is officially back with the Tennessee Titans, and the team will be getting starting safety Amani Hooker back at practice. 

The Titans on Wednesday announced the signing of Williamson to the active roster. The Tennessean confirmed a report Tuesday that Williamson was on his way back to the Titans, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Hooker has also been designated to return to practice from injured reserve, the team announced. The designation opens a 21-day window for the safety to be activated. 

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A Milan, Tennessee, native, Williamson appeared in 63 games (59 starts) for the Titans from 2014-17 before signing a free-agent deal with the New York Jets. He appeared in 31 games for the Jets (2018, 2020) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2020) before signing with the Broncos' practice squad last week. 

Williamson returns to bring much-needed inside linebacker depth for the Titans, who have starter Jayon Brown on injured reserve. 

Hooker, 23, had been placed on IR after suffering a foot injury in Tennessee's Week 1 loss to Arizona. 

The Titans on Wednesday also signed defensive lineman Kyle Peko (6-1, 305) and linebacker Dylan Cole (6-0, 237) to the practice squad. Peko was in training camp with Tennessee. 

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.