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Monday, January 5, 2009
Titans optimistic on Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

The Titans won 13 games this season largely because of their ability to harass the passer with their front four. While they did well without their two best linemen in a win over Pittsburgh, their chances against the Ravens on Saturday would increase greatly with the return of tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and end Kyle Vanden Bosch (lower abdomen) who composed the starting right side of the line.

"We said we expect them to practice this week and I haven't moved off of that course," coach Jeff Fisher said. "I fully expect both of them to be on the practice field, they are doing well."

The Titans had what Fisher called a "brief session" indoors Monday and will have full practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tennessee had to shave its roster after a week-long exemption for Kevin Vickerson.

The defensive tackle was reinstated by the NFL last week after a four-week suspension for a violation of the league's policy against steroids and related substances.

His replacement, Amon Gordon, was let go. League rules dictate that the Titans will not be able to bring back Gordon during the playoffs.

Though Fisher indicated it would be a stretch to read into it, I think the Titans would have made a move in another area and gone heavy on the interior defensive line if they were uncertain about Haynesworth.

Meanwhile, Fisher said center Kevin Mawae, who suffered a left elbow injury in the Week 16 win over Pittsburgh, is day-to-day but that backup Leroy Harris "is equipped to play and play well if Kevin can't play."