With Injuries Afoot in Tennessee, Jevon Kearse Latest Casualty of Titans Defense

Bryan HollisterAnalyst IOctober 16, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Jevon Kearse #90 of the Tennessee Titans is pictured during the NFL game against the Houston Texans at LP Field on September 20, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jevon Kearse was witnessed leaving the Tennessee Titans' training facility Thursday in a walking cast, the result of an injury to his foot during the day's practice in preparation for the upcoming contest against the New England Patriots.

Not the sort of thing you want to see from an already ailing, reeling Titans' defense.

Coach Fisher would not elaborate on Kearse's status; when asked about the extent of the injury, he stated, "We are checking him out. It's his foot. I don't know at this point."

Kearse, the 11-year veteran who has played most of his career in Nashville—he spent a brief interlude with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2004-2007—is the latest casualty on a Titans' defense that can ill afford to lose anyone else.

If he is unable to go Sunday, Kearse will join fellow starters Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper on the sidelines, with Safety Michael Griffin a probable scratch due to a neck injury.

Ailing but likely to play are defensive tackle Jason Jones, who is part of the rotation the Titans have employed this year to replace Albert Haynesworth, and safety Vincent Fuller; both saw limited action in Thursday's practice, but should end up listed as probable for Sunday's contest.

Considering that the Titans' defense has already allowed four of five passers to eclipse 300 yards this year, any more personnel losses on defense could be the nail in the coffin for their season.

Already effectively out of the running for the playoffs with five straight losses, the Titans have little more to hope for than to salvage a record over .500; a win against the Patriots this weekend, however unlikely, would go a long way in bolstering the increasingly waning confidence of the team and its fans.