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Monday, August 24, 2009
Titans wideouts: Davis gone, Washington hurt

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans had a somewhat eventful day as they head toward the conclusion of camp on Wednesday. The team released receiver Chris Davis and watched receiver Nate Washington go down hard.

Jeff Fisher said the move with Davis, recently charged with DUI, was more about his hamstring injury, which wouldn't allow the team any further time to evaluate him.

He said Washington's "got a little mild hamstring going, but we'll have to check it out."

Washington had the entire team holding its breath when he crumpled after streaking deep for a pass during one-on-ones against cornerback Jason McCourty. The news from Fisher could be worse once doctors get back to him.

First-round draft pick Kenny Britt will work with Justin Gage as a starter while Washington is out, with Dominique Edison and Lavelle Hawkins behind them.

As for Davis, he's the third Titans receiver in recent memory to be a standout during OTAs and wind up not making the roster come late summer, following Courtney Roby and Biren Ealy.

I missed the mark completely when I allowed myself to read too much into Davis' big summer and speculate that he could follow a career path like Derrick Mason's.

"We're evaluating receivers, we've got a good group of young receivers and we didn't feel like Chris is going to make our club," Fisher said. "So with the injury and everything else to consider, it was the logical place to go for the roster spot.

I think the team will come to miss him more as a return man, but Fisher said the team "still has plenty of options."

Players seemed to calculate the DUI into the equation more than Fisher was willing to say the team did.

"The organization felt like they had to do it and that's just kind of part of it, we go with what they say and we move on," quarterback Kerry Collins said. "He had a real good spring and he was only here [healthy] for a short time in camp but he was definitely going to be in the mix for that last spot and returning and all that kind of stuff. But we move on."

The Titans also released injured guard/center Doug Datish and Fisher said the team would look to fill the two roster spots to help it get through the preseason.