Titans' draft pick involved in skirmish

Friday, September 7, 2007 at 1:48pm

Tennessee Titans first-round draft pick Michael Griffin was involved in a practice-field altercation with backup linebacker LaVar Woods during Friday’s workout at team’s training facility at Baptist Sports Park.

During an onsides kick drill, Griffin and Woods began jawing at each other, which then erupted into an altercation. Both players had to be separated by teammates.

There were no injuries or punches thrown, but an obviously angry Griffin continued to shout and swear at Woods after the drill was over.

“It was not an issue. It was a miscommunication. Everything was fine,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “You can couch it however you want. It’s not an issue here. It was a misunderstanding. It got a little out of hand, and it’s over.”

Griffin has been battling with Cortland Finnegan to be the Titans’ starting right cornerback in Sunday’s season opener in Jacksonville. Fisher indicated that the decision as to who will start has been made, but he declined to reveal the winner for what he termed “competitive reasons.”

In regards to the practice incident, Griffin replied to a reporter after practice, “I plead the fifth.”

Woods said the incident was over as far as he was concerned.

“It was just a misunderstanding. It’s way over with,” Woods said.

In other news, starting center Kevin Mawae (illness) practiced for the first time this week and will be questionable for Sunday’s game, according to Fisher.

Tight end Casey Cramer (knee) missed practice again and, according to Fisher, will be doubtful for Sunday.

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