X-rays negative for Titans' Harper

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 6:49pm

Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that x-rays on cornerback Nick Harper's ribs were negative, and that he will be day-to-day.

Harper was knocked out of Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second half and replaced by rookie Ryan Mouton.

“He’s sore, so he'll be day-to-day,” Fisher said of Harper.
The Titans were already missing Cortland Finnegan Sunday, as he was suffering from a hamstring injury. That left another rookie, Jason McCourty, starting opposite Harper.

The Titans defense has been shredded for three 300-yard passing games already, and the task gets more difficult this week, with or without Harper and Finnegan, as Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts visit LP Field for a primetime game.

Manning has four consecutive 300-yard passing games to his credit for the unbeaten Colts.

No learning curve

Fisher was asked about the potential time needed for the defensive players to get used to new defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil and vice versa, and dismissed the notion that the team was in an adjustment period.

“I would say yes if the hire was from outside. But when you’re promoting from within, someone who has been an assistant as long as he has, with the familiarity, there’s not,” Fisher said. “We’ve carried on with this defensive scheme.”

Asked how Cecil, who previously served as secondary coach,l had done through four games – three of which included 300-yard passing days allowed – Fisher said it was a team-wide issue of not getting things done.

“The same way I assess everybody and myself. We’ve not gotten the job done. That’s not directed at Chuck,” Fisher said. “I’m answering your question in general terms. Chuck is putting the players in position to make plays. They’re prepared. We’re just not doing it. Our losses are not defensive losses, they’re team losses.”

Bigger role?

Rookie first-round pick Kenny Britt had his best game today, catching seven passes for 105 yards and now has 271 yards receiving on 17 catches, tops among all rookie receivers.

Except for starting the opener in place of Nate Washington, who was limited with a hamstring injury, Britt has been the third receiver. Could a bigger role in the offense be forthcoming for a guy who has quickly proven to be a playmaker?

“I believe Kenny Britt is leading the NFL as far as rookie receivers are concerned. I would say based on that, he has gotten involved in the offense,” Fisher said.

More running

Chris Johnson’s 434 yards rushing leads the AFC, but the Titans have yet to pound the football the way they had success a year ago using a combination of Johnson and LenDale White.

“We’re getting some yards on the ground, but it’s one of those areas we have to do better at. We’ve got to get better at running the football,” Fisher said.

Johnson had 83 yards on 16 carries before the Titans abandoned the run, trailing 30-3. White had just two yards on two carries.

Needing points

Fisher was asked why the Titans went for two-point conversions on two late touchdowns when they still needed three scores regardless, and said it came down to trying to put as many points on the board as possible.

“We were so far behind in this ballgame, I was trying to take advantage of every opportunity to score points. That’s pretty simple,” Fisher said.

More moves?

Fisher indicated that the Titans could make some more roster adjustments this week, including perhaps re-signing quarterback Patrick Ramsey if they can find a spot.

“We’ve got some roster decisions that are related to one another and I haven’t come to a decision yet,” Fisher said.



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