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Injuries at both tight end and fullback have forced the Tennessee Titans to do some serious shuffling of the roster this week, just to make certain they have enough healthy bodies to get through Sunday's game in Denver.
The Titans lost fullback Collin Mooney to a knee injury in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis, and signed a familiar face to replace him on the 53-man roster. Tennessee brought back fullback Quinn Johnson for a third tour of duty with the Titans. Johnson began the year as Tennessee's starting fullback with Mooney on the practice squad, but suffered a leg injury in the season opener and was placed on injured reserve. Once Johnson was healthy, he was given an injury settlement and released by the Titans.
Now with Mooney out, Johnson, who was first acquired by the Titans from Green Bay in 2011, and later claimed off waivers from Denver again that same year, has re-signed with Tennessee once again.
"It's not hard to figure out the offense. It's the same thing. It's just back to doing what I was doing before," Johnson said of his latest return to the Titans. "That is my plan to get back in there and do what I've got to do to help the team. I've just been working out and staying in shape and waiting for my opportunity, and it just happened to be back here."
Johnson became eligible to come back to the Titans after week 10.
While Johnson has plenty of familiarity with the Titans, another newcomer is pretty much starting from scratch. The Titans added tight end Visanthe Shiancoe on Tuesday after a cattle call of tight ends came through for auditions - a group that also included former Kansas City Chiefs standout Tony Moeaki.
Shiancoe comes to the Titans after both Craig Stevens and Delanie Walker went down with concussions. Stevens missed last week's game after being hurt in Oakland, and Walker was injured in the first quarter of Sunday's game in Indianapolis. That left Taylor Thompson as the Titans' only available tight end to finish the game, with tackle Mike Otto filling in in the two tight-end sets.
The Titans are holding out hope that Stevens and/or Walker can both practice and perhaps play this week against the Broncos, but there are no guarantees of that.
"They (Craig Stevens and Delanie Walker) would have to both be doing really well in our mind and not take a chance to lose both of them in the first quarter and be without someone we feel can help us in the passing game," Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "If you see them both suit up, then we feel really confident about both of them, as good as you can. If we re not, then we would probably put one of them down and keep the other kid up."
SERIES HISTORY: 37th regular-season meeting. Titans lead series, 21-14-1. The Titans and Broncos have not met since 2011, with Tennessee winning, 17-14. That was not only before the Peyton Manning Era began in Denver, it was before the Tim Tebow Era as well, as Kyle Orton quarterbacked the Broncos that day.