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The Tennessee Titans head to Heinz Field this Sunday to open their 2013 regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Titans will enter the game without their only listed fullback on the roster: Quinn Johnson.
Johnson is doubtful for Sunday’s game because of a quad injury. Mike Munchak said he could return for Week 2. The Titans will discuss what to do at fullback as they’ve had Michael Robinson and John Conner in for visits Friday.
The Titans do have fullback Collin Mooney on their practice squad and he could always be a solid option because he knows the system. The fact that they’re bringing in free agents in must be a sign that they plan on using their fullback more in the new run first offense.
The Titans attempted to transition tight end Craig Stevens into fullback in training camp and that could always be an option. But the Titans would like to see Stevens out there with the tight ends since they don’t know how Delanie Walker will contribute after missing most of preseason and training camp.
Another option for the Titans would be transitioning Walker to fullback. Walker is known as one of the best blocking tight end’s in the league. He has experience in multiple positions. This was one of the main reasons the Titans signed Walker. It seems like the Titans had some big plans this week at the fullback position, especially against a defense who’s great against the pass.
Whichever way the Titans decide to go, let’s hope that they make the right decision so there aren’t any mishaps that could lead to Pittsburgh getting turnovers. This isn’t the end of the world. For this game, Chris Johnson will need the best protection he can get for the Titans to be successful with the run.
Other injury updates.
David Stewart (Questionable) calf
Akeem Ayers (Questionable) ankle
Zaviar Gooden (out) ankle