Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter (83) is tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the second half of the AFC divisional round playoff game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 41-28. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans WR Kevin Walter Will Start 2013 on PUP

Nothing surprising about this news. Last April, the Tennessee Titans signed Kevin Walter to provide competition among their already talented receiving unit. His chances for making the Week 1 roster took a hit when the team used the No. 34 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Justin Hunter. Late offseason back surgery forced him to miss all of the preseason. That all-but-guaranteed that he wouldn’t make the team out of training camp.

Placing Walter on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) means that he couldn’t return before Week 7. It’s a clever way of retaining emergency depth in case they had some type of injury bug that affected the wide receivers. About half of the six or seven projected receivers who’ll make the 53-man roster either have an injury history (Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter, Marc Mariani) or they’re currently nursing injuries (Kendall Wright).

This roster move will count against their roster cuts. Between Aug. 26-27, the Titans must trim their roster from 90 players to 75. They’ve already released 11 players. None of those players were noteworthy. Titan Sized will have a post when all of these players are released. Until then, follow this post for up-to-the-minute updates.

How does the projected Week 1 wide receiver depth chart look? Locks include Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright (if healthy), Damian Williams and Justin Hunter. Fighting for spots 6-7: Marc Mariani and Michael Preston.

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