Titans to evaluate TE Walker before trip to Denver
The Tennessee Titans could be without tight end Delanie Walker
on Sunday when they play the Denver Broncos.
Walker did not practice all week because of a concussion
sustained early in last week’s 22-14 loss to the Indianapolis
Colts. He will be evaluated Saturday before the Titans (5-7) depart
for Denver (10-2).
”He’ll come in tomorrow and we can work him out and see where
he is at,” coach Mike Munchak said Friday. ”Tomorrow will be our
final (evaluation). We’re not going to wait until Sunday to work
him out. We need to know before we get on the plane and go from
Munchak said he would rather not have to play someone who didn’t
practice all week. But because Walker is a veteran, the Titans
could use him in a limited package.
The eighth-year player ranks second on the Titans with a
career-best 45 catches, and Walker has 454 yards receiving with
five touchdowns. He was hurt when he hit his head on the turf at
the end of a play officials ruled incomplete, only to have the NFL
later say it should have been called a reception.
”I feel good,” Walker said. ”The headaches went away, and
that was probably the biggest concern.”
The Titans were already down a tight end before Walker got hurt.
Craig Stevens wasn’t active against the Colts because of his own
concussion. That left Tennessee with only second-year tight end
Taylor Thompson, and he has just three catches. The Titans used
reserve offensive tackle Mike Otto to help block after also losing
fullback Collin Mooney to a torn hamstring.
It got so bad offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said they
were busy trying to draw up plays using four wide receivers to
compensate for not having a veteran tight end.
Tennessee should get Stevens back after he practiced for a
second straight day Friday. Stevens is listed as questionable.
Stevens said he’s feeling good and has had a couple good days of
The possibility of missing both Walker and Stevens prompted the
Titans to sign veteran Visanthe Shiancoe on Tuesday for depth.
Shiancoe has played for the Giants, Vikings and Patriots, and he
impressed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first day of practice
Wednesday with how quickly he picked up plays.
But Loggains said there’s a limited package they can teach
Shiancoe in a few days. Shiancoe said his experience allows him to
recognize the concepts.
”They’ve been spoon-feeding me, pretty much,” Shiancoe said.
”I’m going to ask for a bigger spoon.”
Notes: WR Damian Williams (hip) practiced and will be
questionable Sunday along with RT David Stewart (shoulder), who was
limited. WR Kendall Wright (ankle), P Brett Kern (back), LB Akeem
Ayers (groin) and recently re-signed fullback Quinn Johnson
(hamstring) all are listed as probable.
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