NASHVILLE – The Titans have placed veteran tight end Delanie Walker on Injured Reserve.
Also on Wednesday, the Titans signed kicker Ryan Santoso to the team’s 53-man roster. The team intends to carry two kickers, including veteran Ryan Succop, on the roster heading into Sunday’s game against the Colts.
Walker, who struggled health-wise this season with the ankle he had surgery on last year, ended up playing in seven games in 2019. He finishes this season with 21 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Walker was inactive the last four games, and his last catch came in the team’s October 13 contest against the Broncos.
Walker said on Friday his ankle started to get even more tender after returning to the practice field at the beginning of the week.
In his 14-year playing career, Walker has 504 catches for 5,888 yards and 36 touchdowns.
In Walker’s absence, the Titans will continue to lean on tight ends Jonnu Smith, MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser. The Titans signed fullback Khari Blasingame last week, and his presence should allow Pruitt to focus even more on his role at tight end after working some in packages with a fullback.
Santoso, who played collegiately at Minnesota, is a big kicker (6-5, 258) with a big leg. He spent each of the past two preseasons with the Detroit Lions, and he also spent time with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL in September of this season.
At Minnesota, Santoso made 29-of-39 field goals, with a career-long field goal of 52 yards, which lifted the Gophers to a 39-38 win over Purdue in 2014. He also converted 76-of-77 point-after attempts and scored 163 points (29 FGs and 76 PATs). He kicked off 168 times and recorded 80 touchbacks.
Santoso also punted 144 times and averaged 41.8 yards (fourth-best in school history). He placed 46 punts inside the 20 and had a career long of 68 yards in 2017.
The Titans face the Colts on Sunday in Indianapolis.