Chris Johnson expected to start
Most Rushing Yards in 1st 5 Seasons
Chris Johnson has been one of the few bright spots in a dismal Titans season. He needs 168 rushing yards in Week 17 to reach 7,000 career rushing yards. He would become the fourth player in NFL history to reach 7,000 career rushing yards in his first five seasons.
|Eric Dickerson (1983-87)||8,256|
|Emmitt Smith (1990-94)||7,183|
|Earl Campbell (1978-82)||6,995|
|Walter Payton (1975-79)||6,926|
|Eddie George (1996-00)||6,874|
|Chris Johnson (2008-12)||6,832|
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is expected to start Sunday against Jacksonville after returning to practice Friday even though he was limited by an injured right ankle.
To make room, the Titans placed linebacker Colin McCarthy on injured reserve. McCarthy already had missed the previous four games with a concussion, and the defensive captain wound up playing only seven games this season because of a right ankle he sprained in the season opener. That gives the Titans 16 players on injured reserve.
The season's also over for tight end Craig Stevens and center Kevin Matthews, with coach Mike Munchak ruling them out of the season finale. Stevens suffered his second concussion this year against Green Bay last week. Matthews will miss a second consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.
Munchak also expects receiver Kendall Wright to play after missing last week's game with an injured rib.
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