NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
The Titans’ leading receiver was double-teamed after tight end
|Kendall Wright, shown here between Colts LB Robert Mathis and S LaRon Landry, said he experienced double teams after Delanie Walker left last week's game with a concussion.|
“I started getting doubled,” Wright said. “It was my first time that I had a linebacker inside of me and a nickel defender outside of me so it was hard, but Nate (Washington) had a great game, and we’ve just got to make plays when we can.”
In addition to missing out on Walker’s production in the passing game, the absence created a ripple effect with the defense paying more attention to Wright, who has career highs of 71 catches and 840 yards this season.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said last week was “one of the most difficult games we’ve coached” because of the absence of Stevens and losses of Walker and fullback
Stevens was limited in practice Thursday after not participating Wednesday. The Titans won’t know more about Walker’s status for Sunday’s game at Denver until Friday, but the offense could get help from the return of tight end
Loggains said losing Walker affected Wright and Tennessee’s capabilities on third downs, and missing Stevens impacted the run game on first and second downs.
“Both of those guys have a bigger role in the offense than what people (realize),” Loggains said. “Everyone knows what (Delanie) does, but losing Craig, I think hurts your run game a little bit.”
The Titans are figuring out how much they can assign to Johnson and Shiancoe.
“You hope to have everybody on board. Just like going into last week, we had some contingency plans just in case guys went down and got hurt,” Fitzpatrick said. “You work around it. We’ve got our plan in and are hoping that those guys are going to be back and if one or both can’t be, you move forward, but we definitely want those guys back. They’re big parts of our offense.”
DENVER’S CORNERS BACK?: Broncos CB Champ Bailey has dealt with injury issues this season but returned to the lineup last week against Kansas City. Getting a 12-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro corner back in the lineup would help anyone, but it coincided with the absence of former Tennessee State star Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who suffered an injury just before halftime at New England on Nov. 24.
The Broncos allowed 34 points to the Patriots after Rodgers-Cromartie left the game, and gave up 28 last week at Kansas City.
“I think his youth right now and his ability to understand the game at the year he’s in gives them an understanding of how to play like a younger Champ,” Washington said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Champ’s ability to play this game still, he’s still an amazing smart player out there and knows the game’s ins and outs but I don’t think his physical ability allows him to go out and play as well as DRC, so they’ll probably be better with DRC than they would be with having Champ back but this is a team that’s playoff bound. They’ll find a way to put some things together in order to hold up.”
Bailey and Rodgers-Cromartie practiced fully Thursday, according to the Broncos’ injury report.
CASEY CREDITED: Defensive tackle
The decision moved Casey into a tie for the league sacks lead among defensive tackles and tied Ray Childress for the second most by a defensive tackle in Titans/Oilers franchise history. Childress recorded nine in 1993, one season after recording 13 (the most by a DT in franchise history) in 1992. The first year sacks were officially counted was 1982.
Casey and rookie cornerback
Wright (ankle) fully participated after being limited Wednesday,