Sunday, December 15, 2013
Replacement receivers hardly practiced
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans were without receivers Justin Hunter and Damian Williams Sunday because of a violation of team rules.
I credit Mike Munchak for making them inactive. He could have kept it quiet and played Hunter, who would have helped the team as the coach fights for his job.
Tennessee lost, 37-34, to Arizona in overtime.
Without Hunter and Williams, the Titans turned to Kenny Britt and Michael Preston as their receivers behind Kendall Wright and Nate Washington.
Britt caught three of six passes thrown his way, for 29 yards. He let a late touchdown pass go through his hands. Preston caught three of five passes targeting him for 27 yards and the Titans' two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Britt said he had not played a snap of offense all week in practice. Wright said that was the case for Preston too, but Preston corrected him and said his offensive snaps were "sparse" -- five to 10.
It was a solid combined performance from two guys who were not in the plan. But things would have likely been better with the guys who were in the plan.
"They broke some team rules," Munchak said. "The consequence was that they didn't suit up today."
A couple of us caught up to Williams as he left the locker room.
"It definitely lets the team down and I definitely am ashamed that I let my team down," he said.
He left open the idea that things we're so cut and dried, however.
I asked if it was more complicated than people might guess.
"Possibly," he said. "[But] the situation is that we violated team rules and that's it."