Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 5 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.
Titans: QB Jake Locker, WR Kris Durham, CB Brandon Harris, LB Akeem Ayers, T Byron Stingily, TE Taylor Thompson, DE Ropati Pitoitua.
Colts: WR Da’Rick Rogers, S Colt Anderson, LB Jerrell Freeman, LB Andy Studebaker, C Khaled Holmes, G Hugh Thornton, DL Art Jones.
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||QB Jake Locker (right wrist), TE Taylor Thompson (knee), TE Delanie Walker (shoulder)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB James Anderson (thigh), DE Ropati Pitoitua (knee)|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||RB Ahmad Bradshaw (not injury related), CB Darius Butler (neck), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), LB Mario Harvey (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), DT Arthur Jones (ankle), S LaRon Landry (not injury related), LB Andy Studebaker (hamstring), G Hugh Thornton (ankle), WR Reggie Wayne (not injury related)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||S Colt Anderson (groin), CB Vontae Davis (ankle), WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle), G Joe Reitz (ankle), CB Gregory Toler (ribs)|
TENNESSEE TITANS (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-2)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Whisenhunt: 0-1||Pagano: 4-0|
|LAST WEEK||L 33-7 at Bengals||W 44-17 at Jaguars|
|LAST GAME||12/1/13: Titans 14 at Colts 22. Indianapolis RB Donald Brown rushes for 52 yards & TD. Colts K Adam Vinatieri kicks 5 FGs (47, 48, 45, 37, 49), including 4 in first half.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/1/13|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 84 (Ten.), 138 (Ind.). XM: 228 (Ind.).
|PASSING||Locker: 57-101-685-3-4-70.8||Luck: 86-126-912 (1C)-9 (1L)-3-103.0 (3C)|
|RUSHING||Greene: 30-144-4.8-1||Richardson: 41-156-3.8-0|
|RECEIVING||Walker (TE): 17-233-13.7-2||Wayne: 16-188-11.8-0|
|SACKS||Casey: 2||Walden: 2|
|INTs||McCourty: 2 (T1C)||Toler: 2 (T1C)|
|PUNTING||Kern: 44.7||McAfee: 52.7 (1L)|
|KICKING||Succop: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/7 FG)||Vinatieri: 29 (11/11 PAT; 6/6 FG)|
TITANS:In last road start vs. AFC South (vs. Hou. on 9/15/13), QB JAKE LOCKER passed for 2 TDs with 92.1 rating. Titans are 6-2 when Locker starts & has 90+ rating…In only career start vs. Ind. (10/14/12 with Jets), RB SHONN GREENE had 161 yards on 32 att. (5 avg.) & 3 TDs.Has 4 rush TDs in past 4 on road, including TD last week. Has 3,862 career rushing yards & needs 138 to reach 4,000 career. Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Round 2, No. 54 overall) rushed for 61 yards on 10 att. (6.1 avg.) last week …WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 3+ rec. in 17 of past 18 overall. Since joining Titans in 2009, WR NATE WASHINGTON leads team in rec. (272), rec. yards (4,004) & rec. TDs (26). TE DELANIE WALKER has TD catch in 2 of past 3…DT JURRELL CASEY has 5.5 sacks in past 7. Had 2 sacks in last meeting (tied for career-best). S BERNARD POLLARD leads team with 21 tackles. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2007, is 1 of 4 NFL players with 12+ INTs (12) & 10+ sacks (10.5). S GEORGE WILSON has 1st INT of season last week…COLTS: Aim for 9th win in row vs. AFC South…Last week, QB ANDREW LUCK completed 31 of 39 passes (79.5 pct.) for 370 yards with 4 TDs & 0 INTs for 140.4 rating. Luck & HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS (11/12/67) are only players in Colts history with 75+ comp. pct., 350+ yards, 4+ TDs & 0 INTs in game. Has 17 TD passes in past 7 overall…In past 2 games, RB TRENT RICHARDSON has 175 scrim. yards (136 rush, 39 rec.).Last week, RB AHMAD BRADSHAW rushed for 65 yards on 9 att. (7.2 avg.) & had TD catch. Leads NFL RBs with 3 TD catches in 2014…WR REGGIE WAYNE (1,022 catches; 13,754 yards) needs 3 receptions to surpass ISAAC BRUCE (1,024) for 7th all-time & 24 yards to move past HENRY ELLARD (13,777) for 10th all-time. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Titans. Since 2001, has NFL-best 13,754 rec. yards. TE DWAYNE ALLEN has TD catch in 3 of past 4, including 1-yarder last week…LB JERRELL FREEMAN had INT in last meeting. Undrafted rookie DT KELCY QUARLES had 1st career sack last week. LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 22 tackles, including 10 vs. Jax. Last week, S LA RON LANDRY posted 1st sack since joining Colts in 2013.
Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was involved in two separate cases of road rage the night of his fatal SUV crash, people involved in the incidents have alleged, ESPN reports.
In a 911 call obtained Monday by several media outlets, a woman told the dispatcher that Bironas was driving erratically just before the Saturday night crash.
The woman said neither she nor her husband recognized the man who drove up behind them. She said he pulled his SUV up beside their vehicle and gave them a look before speeding away. The woman told the dispatcher that the man was dangerous and police needed to know something was wrong with him.
“We let him go on past us because he was trying to run me off the road and we don’t know who he was,” the woman told the dispatcher.
In additon, a Belmont University student told the Tennessean newspaper that he was in a pickup truck that Bironas attempted to hit that night. The student, Connor Fraley, was a passenger in a vehicle driving behind Bironas’ SUV when he, along with three others in the truck, noticed a burning smell coming from ahead.
“His window was down, and we pulled up and I said, ‘Hey man, just a heads up, something’s burning from your exhaust. Your exhaust smells horrible, just wanted to let you know,” Fraley told the newspaper. “He looked over at me and said, ‘I’m going to kill everybody in your (expletive) vehicle. It was so random, so bizarre I was like, ‘What?’ And he said the exact same thing again.”
Fraley said Bironas tried to follow the truck as it sped away and “he tried to sideswipe the vehicle and missed us by a foot.”
“It was a fight or flight situation and, unfortunately, we had to take flight at about 110 mph,” he told the newspaper. “It was very scary.”
The Tennessean also reported Monday night that Bironas’ wife reported him missing to police Saturday night.
A Metro Nashville Police spokesman says the accident investigation is ongoing. An autopsy was performed.
Titans: QB Zach Mettenberger, WR T.J. Graham, WR Kris Durham, LB Akeem Ayers, OT Byron Stingily, DL DaQuan Jones, DL Mike Martin.
Bengals: RB Rex Burkhead, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Sean Porter, OG Kevin Zeitler, WR Marvin Jones, DT Brandon Thompson.
Sad news today, as former Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, Tenn.
He was just 36 years old. Reports says that Bironas was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.
He lost control of the SUV he was driving while traveling at a high rate of speed, and the vehicle went off the road and hit several trees before ending up in a drainage culvert, upside down.
Bironas was transported Vanderbilt University Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.
Police say there was no evidence of alcohol on the scene.
Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in June. Aaron said a Metro police chaplain was with her shortly after the crash.
Bironas kicked for the Titans for nine seasons. They released him in March.
The team said in a statement early Sunday morning that it was “deeply saddened” to learn about Bironas’ death.
“Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family during this very difficult time.”