Wide receiver Chris Davis was waived/injured by the Titans Monday afternoon, along with offensive lineman Doug Datish.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Davis, who was arrested early Friday for a DUI while the Titans were in Dallas for a preseason game, was waived because he was not going to be ready for the regular season and the team needed the roster spot.
Whether Davis’ release was related to his weekend incident or not, Fisher wouldn’t say.
“We’ve got a need for roster spots. Chris is not going to be healthy,” Fisher said. “At the time we cut to 53, Chris is not going to be healthy. We’re going to use his spot and Doug Datish’s spot to try to bring in some players, which we haven’t even begun to discuss. It could be a number of players at a number of positions to help us finish training camp.”
Datish was suffering from a shoulder injury and had not practiced since the Tampa Bay game.
Asked if Davis’ release was sending a message to the team, Fisher said, “If there was a zero tolerance policy and I was releasing Chris because of his bad decision, I would let the players know. They can read into it what they want to.”
By waiving both players injured, it means the Titans must reach injury settlements with them.
Davis’ agent expressed disappointment over the release, especially considering Davis had been singled out for his work during OTAs.
“Chris had a good off-season and did everything the Titans asked of him. I wish he had the chance to see this situation through,” agent David Butz said. “I still think Chris has a bright future in the league, and who knows, maybe somewhere down the road it could be back in Tennessee.”
For now, the Titans will begin to look for help at the receiver position, made thinner by the loss of Nate Washington to a hamstring injury on Monday.
Of the crop of receivers available, Fisher reiterated that the Titans would not pursue Marvin Harrison, whom it had been reported that the team had contacted – something Fisher denied last week.
The best available player at receiver is probably Matt Jones, though he has had off-field issues of his own in the past.
“We’re evaluating receivers. We’ve got a good group of young receivers, and we didn’t feel like Chris was going to make our club,” Fisher said. “So with the injury and everything else considered, it was a logical place to go for the roster spot.
In a physical practice that saw the Titans lose Washington with a hamstring injury, two other Titans players were also nicked up.
Defensive end Jevon Kearse hurt his hamstring as well as it tightened up, while running back LenDale White missed time with an ankle injury, but did play a couple of plays after suffering the injury.
White said in the locker room after practice that he was fine. He was running downfield when Kyle Vanden Bosch came at him and knocked him down trying to strip the ball.
Quarterback Kerry Collins had a brace on his left knee, because of some soreness, but said it is no big deal, though he might get Tuesday’s practice to rest.
“It’s nothing I can’t handle. I’m 36, something is going to pop up from time to time,” Collins said.
Out of practice
Several other Titans players were either limited or held out of practice altogether. Those who did not practice included quarterback Patrick Ramsey (ribs),safety Tuff Harris, cornerback Ryan Mouton (high ankle sprain), linebacker Josh Stamer (groin), tackle Mike Otto (rest), tackle David Stewart (knee), defensive tackle Jason Jones (foot) and defensive end William Hayes (knee).
Cornerback Nick Harper and linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee) were both limited.
Offensive quality control coach Dowell Loggains was out of practice on Monday as he and his wife Beth welcomed their first child, daughter Reese, into the world.