Titans cut returner Darius Reynaud

Updated: October 22, 2013, 9:55 AM ET
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans cut return man Darius Reynaud, whose questionable decision-making has cost the team this season.

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AP Photo/Mark ZaleskiDarius Reynaud muffed a punt in the fourth quarter Sunday, ending any hopes the Titans had at making a comeback against the 49ers.

The Titans had a chance at a comeback against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. But with Tennessee facing a 14-point deficit, Reynaud muffed a punt that Kassim Osgood recovered in the end zone for a touchdown that boosted San Francisco's lead to 31-10.

The Titans lost 31-17, their third consecutive defeat.

On Sept. 8 in Pittsburgh, Reynaud fielded the opening kickoff just across the goal line and pulled it back in to try to down the ball. The Steelers got a safety, and a seven-game stretch of inconsistent play from Reynaud was underway.

The Titans kept Reynaud when they cut their roster to 53 rather than choosing to wait on Marc Mariani, who had a shoulder injury. Tennessee could have merely deactivated Mariani for three or four weeks, after which he was expected to be OK, or put him on injured reserve with a designation to recall him after eight weeks.

Instead, the Titans placed Mariani on IR and went with Reynaud.

Receiver Damian Williams is the primary internal candidate to field kicks and punts.

The Titans have a bye this week before they will attempt to end their skid against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 3.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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