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Nov 25, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Parmele (34) tries to elude Tennessee Titans cornerback Ryan Mouton (29) in the second quarter of their game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tennessee Titans Release Jamie Harper, Sign Jalen Parmele

From John Glennon of The Tennessean:

 

 

Last week, I talked about how Jamie Harper needed a strong training camp if he wanted to assure himself of a spot on the 53-man roster for this upcoming season. It doesn’t appear like the Titans will give him that opportunity. One week after visiting with Jalen Parmele, the Titans have decided to replace Harper with the 27-year-old free-agent running back who spent the 2012-13 NFL season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Fans may remember Parmele for his eight-carry, 45-yard performance in a Nov. 25 game against the Titans. Following that game, Parmele was placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury that he suffered during that contest. He finished that season with 40 carries for 143 yards. For his career, Parmele has 47 carries for 187 yards.

Exiting Nashville is Harper. In two seasons, the fourth-round pick from the 2011 NFL Draft had 74 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 36 carries. The Titans were hoping that Harper would develop into an effective complementary back to Chris Johnson, similar to LenDale White. After two seasons, management decided that Harper wasn’t progressing as they had hoped.

Expect Parmele and undrafted free agent Stefphon Jefferson to compete for the No. 3 spot. With three running backs who are at least 27 years old, Jefferson is almost a lock for the practice squad. If Jefferson beats out Parmele, he could realistically win the No. 3 job. If any significant injuries happen with Shonn Greene or Johnson, Jefferson could find himself in a key role.

You can find Parmele on Twitter @JayParmele

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