Defensive tackle Tony Brown’s season is over, as a knee injury will keep him out of the season finale in Seattle on Sunday.
Brown said the injury, suffered against St. Louis on Dec. 13, was originally to his quadriceps, but blood from that injury seeped into the knee, causing swelling and soreness.
“I had a thigh contusion and all the blood bled down into the knee area, so it’s just real stiff and the range of motion is really hard to get. I had to warm it up, but it’s been stiff on me,” Brown said. “It’s been painful. I really haven’t been feeling like myself with the explosion that I’ve tried to play with all year. It just hasn’t been there these last few games. I would definitely be hurting the team if I go out there and can’t finish the game.”
Brown finishes the year with five sacks and is a first alternate to the Pro Bowl in Miami this year. He said his first priority is to get his health back and then worry about any postseason honors. Still, the accolade, which comes just one year after the departure of Albert Haynesworth helps to solidify the former street free agent’s stock in the organization.
“It makes me feel proud. That’s what every guy in this league tries to do is make a name for themselves,” Brown said. “Albert was a huge, huge factor for this defense and this organization, but I just wanted to show them, ‘Hey, there’s been a guy right under your nose that you had here the whole time that could really play.’”
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Brown’s experience has helped make him the team’s most productive defensive tackle this year.
“Late in the year, he was slowed by the knee, but I think he is very deserving of being a first alternate to the Pro Bowl this year,” Fisher said. “They’ve all played well, but Tony because of his experience has probably made more plays than the rest of them.
Center Kevin Mawae (elbow) practiced fully and is probable for Sunday’s game, while tackle Troy Kropog (calf) is questionable and did not practice. Cornerback Ryan Mouton (ankle) was limited in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday.