AFC South: Ingle Martin

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

NASVHILLE -- Chris Simms will work as Kerry Collins' backup today at practice. To make room for him, the Titans cut tight end Dwayne Blakley.

GM Mike Reinfeldt was complimentary of Simms in a news release.

"Chris has been a starter in the league and should fit into our system well," Reinfeldt said. "He is a smart player, who is a student of the game and has the presence in the huddle that you look for in quarterback."

A day after passing on promoting Ingle Martin and watching him sign with Kansas City, the Titans replaced him on the practice squad with Preston Parsons, who offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger knows from Denver last year.

Another thing Simms brings to Nashville is an understanding of Vince Young. Young redshirted Simms' senior year at Texas.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

The Titans just announced that the MRI of Vince Young's left knee revealed an MCL sprain and Jeff Fisher said on his weekly TV show that Young is out this week. He declined to offer a timetable beyond that.

Fisher also said the team has agreed to terms with Chris Simms and he will be in line to back up Kerry Collins while Young recovers.

Earlier the Titans passed on the chance to give the job to Ingle Martin, as he moved from the Titans practice squad to the 53-man roster of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Titans also looked at Joey Harrington, Quinn Gray and Doug Johnson as well as receivers The team also hosted a number of veteran receivers, including Joe Horn, Chad Jackson, Reche Caldwell, Glenn Martinez, John Broussard and David Kircus.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean has been cranking all day and has produced this list of cuts:

QB Ingle Martin

CB Cary Williams

K John Vaugh

WR Edward Williams

S Tony Joiner

RB Omar Cuff

CB Marquice Cole

DB Tuff Harris

OL Jason Murphy

OL Enoka Lucas

OL Fernando Velasco

OL Isaac Snell

LB Jerrell Freeman

Martin is a local guy who could be brought back to work on the practice squad as the Titans will stick with just two quarterbacks. Williams is a seventh-round pick out of Washburn who dealt with hamstring and quad problems throughout the preseason and also could be brought back as a practice-squader if he clears waivers.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

We've got three division games on the docket Saturday night. But first, let's have a look at what's been written about the AFC South.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

A quick mid-morning trip around the division. I'll be at the Titans' only practice Wednesday afternoon, then in Jacksonville starting Thursday. What do you want to read about?

Houston Texans

  • Richard Justice has little doubt that Alex Gibbs will transform the Texans' offensive line play. Interesting stuff about how retirement just wouldn't stick for him.
  • The Chronicle's notebook has Gary Kubiak's reaction to Chris Brown missing a second day with a back issue. And tells us the team will look at some running backs, including Mike Bell, and some corners.

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Vito Stellino looks at Dennis Norman, the Princeton guy who's stepping in for injured center Brad Meester. The Jaguars have returned to last season's offensive line configuration -- with Vince Manuwai back at left guard and Maurice Williams at right guard.
  • Stellino also tells us that on the same day Reggie Williams came off the PUP list, he was carted off the field after reinjuring his right knee. More news on his condition will come today.
  • The Florida Times-Union's "observation deck" says Jerry Porter was off his crutches and made his first appearance at practice Tuesday, riding a stationary bike.

Tennessee Titans

  • Jim Wyatt says Chris Johnson thinks he's the last of a dying breed and compares himself to Brian Westbrook. Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger says he's not thinking of Johnson as situational, that he wants to see him on the field on first and second downs. This makes you wonder who's coming off the field, with LenDale White the obvious candidate. He says he has no problem sharing the rock, recalling his split of carries with Reggie Bush at USC.
  • David Climer looks at Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. He's going to be a Pro Bowl player, it's just a matter of when.
  • Jessica Hopp examines the Titans returner situations.
  • Jeff Fisher told us yesterday that No. 3 quarterback Ingle Martin will kick field goals Wednesday while Rob Bironas continues to rest a groin injury.