Tennessee Titans: 2013 NFL injury wire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shonn Greene hurt his knee in the season opener in Pittsburgh after just four carries.

The Tennessee Titans signed him to be a complementary running back working with Chris Johnson.

They’ve missed him.

And he didn’t practice on Wednesday, which indicates he may miss a fifth game when the Titans play in Seattle on Sunday. After he had a knee scope the team said he could be back in two weeks. They are still waiting and it's been twice that long.

“I think you saw in the preseason how we thought we’d use him, how well he ran,” Mike Munchak said per David Boclair of the Nashville Post. “I think that was what the excitement was -- seeing what he was doing, seeing how [he] and [Chris Johnson] were complementing each other.

“When we lost him in the opener after [four] carries, that hurt, no doubt about it, because of what we thought we were going to be able to do. When you lose a back like him, it’s different.”

The heart of the issue remains the offensive line's inability to block for the tough yard when the Titans need it, something they pledged they’d be able to do when they got three new starters at guard and center.

But Greene is supposed to be the guy to get that tough yard in a short-yardage situation.

Boclair looked at the short-yardage math so far, and it’s awful.

The Titans are 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) on converting third-and-1 situations and are 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) in third-and-3 or fewer. Greene was 10-for-10 on converting third-and-1 plays for the Jets in 2012.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Quinn Johnson is doubtful for Sunday's game in Pittsburgh because of a quad injury. If he can’t go, the Tennessee Titans need to sort out a fullback for Sunday.

GM Ruston Webster told us on Nashville radio that the team has to have one.

“It would be tough for us in our offense and the way that we are playing to go without a fullback,” he said. “Some teams do, some teams use tight ends, But offensively, the fullback is part of our running game especially. So Quinn is banged up and we’re in the process of making a decision there on what to do.”

The options:
  • Tennessee worked out free agents Michael Robinson (formerly of Seattle) and John Conner (formerly of Cincinnati) on Friday. But Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean said the team wasn't immediately intending to sign one of them. Playing a guy who has not practiced with the team would be tough. And vested veterans on the team in Week 1 are assured of their full base salary no matter if they are with the team all season.
  • Collin Mooney is on the practice squad and could be promoted. But to make room for him the Titans would have to cut someone. I see Keyunta Dawson, a defensive end who can play special teams, as a candidate here. They like him and could re-sign him next week presuming Johnson is back healthy. But if someone scooped him up it wouldn’t be tragic.

Coach Mike Munchak on Mooney: “Well, he’s someone we have confidence in if that’s what we need to do. That’s the one good thing about having someone here that knows what we’re doing. So, that’ll be one of our options, but we’ll just wait and see how this thing works out.”