NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Coach Mike Munchak says opening against the Steelers is a pretty exciting way to start the season. The best part of a 1-3 preseason is how healthy the Titans are now that the games count.
Munchak said Friday that linebackers
The fact that those linebackers have been injured makes paring down the roster to 53 before Saturday's deadline that much more challenging. The toughest decisions will be how many linebackers and receivers to keep, plus which kick returner.
"It isn't one thing, it's just kind of finishing up the puzzle that we started back in January,'' Munchak said of finalizing the roster.
The Titans waived 10 players with 12 more needing to be let go before Saturday's deadline for a 53-man roster. Among those cut were running back Jalen Parmele, and Munchak said that means
Ayers hurt his right ankle Aug. 17 in a loss at Cincinnati, while Brown has had a sore foot since that game. McCarthy, pushing free agent signee
Munchak said McCarthy had to catch up to the speed of the game when the linebacker got on the field against Minnesota and now just needs to keep playing.
The Titans also must decide whether to keep eight offensive linemen or nine a year after four starters had season-ending injuries. With the deepest receiving corps this team has in Tennessee, they could keep six receivers with
The decision at kick returner could help decide whether Tennessee keeps an extra receiver or running back.
Munchak said Mariani is a tough decision because they must project when he can return.
"Those are things we're trying to get a good handle on,'' Munchak said.
The Titans also have to pick a starter at center and cornerback.
But both Campbell and Verner struggled against the Vikings, complicating that decision.
Once the cuts are made Saturday trimming the roster to 53, Munchak said they will be keeping an eye out on other players available around the league. The Titans went 6-10 last season, so they could be looking for an experienced safety, cornerback or linebacker.
"We're just keeping all of our options open,'' Munchak said.