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Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Titans' tight end dilemma

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have two tight ends coming off concussions. Though they could both be healthy enough to play in Denver, playing them both would be a big risk.

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Craig Stevens was cleared to return, and practiced on a limited basis Thursday. Delanie Walker was still out, but had a rigorous workout away from practice and will have tests that could clear him Friday.

If all that goes well, can the Titans afford to dress them both in Denver? Maybe, but only if they find an avenue to also suit up the tight end they just added, Visanthe Shiancoe.

Because if they go in with their usual three -- Walker, Stevens and Taylor Thompson -- and Walker or Stevens is sidelined by an early hit, they will be in a tough spot for a game where they will likely want to use two tight ends often.

“We may have to think about (four active) and see how that would affect another position,” Munchak said. “(Stevens and Walker) would have to both be doing really well in our mind, and not take a chance to lose both of them in the first quarter and be without someone we feel can help us in the passing game.

“If you see them both suit up, then we feel really confident about both of them, as good as you can. If we’re not, then we would probably put one of them down and keep the other kid (Shiancoe) up.”