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Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-30

Tennessee Titans Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-30
The biggest question facing the Titans this week is when or if Pro Bowl defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch will be able to play against the Green Bay Packers.

Vanden Bosch had his consecutive games streak snapped at 54 when he was scratched from Monday night's game with a groin injury that he originally suffered Oct. 5 at Baltimore.

Vanden Bosch practiced on Wednesday in a light workout and appears to have a chance to play this week against the Packers, though he wasn't yet committing to that just yet.

"It felt good. I'm glad the game isn't today. I'm glad I've still got some time," Vanden Bosch said. "I feel like by the end of the week, this should all behind me, and this shouldn't be an issue the rest of the season."

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Vanden Bosch would have been able to practice even if the Titans had had a full workout on Wednesday.

"Had we had a normal practice, I'm confident he would have practiced," Fisher said.

Vanden Bosch said he doesn't believe he would worsen the injury if he attempts to play.

"It's not a tightness issue. It's more of just an injury thing. I don't have a problem getting it loose. It's just whether the muscle is feeling good or not," Vanden Bosch said. "All the stuff I've done up to this point -- I've done some different things to test it -- I haven't really had any setbacks. Personally, there's no concern of making it worse."

Fisher said groin injuries are tricky, especially when it comes to making unexpected moves.

"It's just changing direction. With the groin injury, you can control your movement and your motion and routes and getting in and out of breaks, but it's when you have to react, that's where it becomes potentially a problem," Fisher said. "We're not being over-cautious; we're just being very realistic as far as his return."


--DB/KR Chris Carr was held out of Wednesday's practice because of a sore back, but should practice later in the week.

--QB Vince Young was sent home from practice on Wednesday because of an illness. Rookie DE William Hayes also was out with an illness. Both should be available for practice later in the week and for Sunday's game.

--RB Quinton Ganther was out because of the after-effects of a concussion suffered on Monday night. His status for Sunday is uncertain.

--DE Dave Ball, knocked out of the game on the opening kickoff, was out because of the after-effects of a concussion.

--K Rob Bironas saw his streak of field goals come to an end after tying Al Del Greco's club record of 20 in a row. Bironas had made his first 12 this season and final eight to close last year before missing a 43-yarder Monday night.

--TE Bo Scaife continues to be a go-to guy in the passing game. Scaife has 28 receptions to lead the team. Running back Chris Johnson is next closest with 18.

GAME PLAN: Tennessee saw the unexpected Monday night from Indianapolis, as the Colts inserted an extra linebacker into the game and abandoned their conventional Tampa 2 look. To combat that, Tennessee took to the air with Kerry Collins completing 24 of 37 passes for 193 yards. The Titans will again try to force the issue at least early, sending Chris Johnson into the fray against yet another defense that has had issues stopping the run. (Green Bay is 25th vs. the run).

Defensively, the Titans have to win on third down, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have converted 44.8 percent of their third-down tries thus far, something that has been a strength this season. Tennessee's defense has done getting opponents off the field, as well allowing a 35.7 percent conversion rate on defense.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Titans RT David Stewart vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman. Kampman is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and already has six sacks this season, and will be a challenge for Stewart and a Titans offensive line that has allowed just two sacks this year. Stewart is a brawler who likes to mix it up, making this a matchup to watch.

Titans CBs Nick Harper and Cortland Finnegan vs. Packers WRs Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. The Titans shut down the Colts' tandem of Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison Monday night, holding them to just four combined receptions. Jennings has been the Packers' big-play threat, averaging 18.5 yards per catch on 37 receptions, meaning he will command major attention from a Titans secondary that has 12 interceptions through seven games. Jennings caught a 68-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers on the first play of the game in a preseason matchup between the teams.

INJURY IMPACT: The Titans were able to get by Indianapolis by keeping DE Kyle Vanden Bosch on the sideline to rest his strained groin. To complicate matters, backup Dave Ball suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff against the Colts and did not play at all, leaving Jacob Ford and rookie William Hayes to fill in. Ball's status for Sunday is unclear at this point.

Reserve LB Colin Allred is also down with a groin strain, but was running on the side.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 30, 2008

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