Kearse leaves practice with foot injury

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 4:32pm

Jevon Kearse made news on a different front on Thursday, as he suffered a foot injury one day after not apologizing for leaving the stadium when he was declared inactive last Sunday.

A teammate apparently fell on Kearse’s left foot in practice and the veteran defensive end limped off the field and was taken for observation. He was later spotted with a walking boot on his left foot, but said he didn't think anything was broken.

Interestingly enough, Kearse’s agent Drew Rosenhaus showed up at Baptist Sports Park on Thursday afternoon and visited with Kearse. Rosenhaus said his visit to see his clients, Kearse, Stephen Tulloch and Bo Scaife, was already scheduled before Sunday's incident, and that he did not visit with Titans officials about the matter on Sunday regarding Kearse being a healthy scratch.

Kearse was one of a number of Titans who were limited in practice on Thursday. That group included defensive end Jacob Ford, who was added to the injury report with an ankle injury, and linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who was limited with a knee problem. Tulloch indicated in the locker room that he his knee was fine.

Defensive tackle Jason Jones was also limited with a shoulder injury after fully practicing on Wednesday. Linebacker Stanford Keglar was limited for a second straight day with a hamstring problem, as was linebacker Colin Allred with a shoulder injury.

Another area of concern is in the secondary where cornerback Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) and safety Michael Griffin (neck) were out a second straight day.

Guard Leroy Harris was out a second straight day with a concussion, as was tight end Craig Stevens.

Jake Scott was back and participated fully after missing Wednesday with an illness.

Feeling better

Tight end Craig Stevens said he doesn’t remember much about the hit that knocked him out and gave him a concussion, but that he has taken a baseline test and passed it.

Still, Stevens did not practice a second straight day and Coach Jeff Fisher indicated Wednesday that the second-year player might not play against the Patriots Sunday.

“I was unconscious for a while, but I’m feeling a lot better now. I still don’t remember a lot of the details and don’t remember what happened,” Stevens said. “I watched it on TV and it was pretty brutal.”

Stevens was hit by his own teammate Michael Griffin, who was pushed into him, on the opening kickoff, and lay on the field for a few minutes before being brought to and helped to the locker room.

His only other concussion came when he was in college at California and was knocked out on a kickoff against the University of Tennessee.


Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was fined $5,000 for his hit on Peyton Manning, and it is believed that defensive end Jacob Ford might also have drawn a fine from his hit on Manning on the same drive.

The two hits helped Manning drive the Colts 93 yards in 47 seconds for a touchdown late in the first half that put the game out of reach.