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

there.”

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

practice.

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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