Titans Notebook: Team filling a few vacancies

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:07am

The Titans filled one of the vacancies on their roster by signing offensive lineman Matt Lehr to a contract. Lehr arrived and worked out Tuesday, but was mostly a spectator at practice.

The eight-year center/guard was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2001 and has also spent time with Atlanta, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.

As for filling the other spot, the Titans are most likely to search for a wide receiver, perhaps one that can return punts or kicks.

“Matt’s been around the league for eight years and he can swing at both center and guard,” Fisher said. “We’ll give Matt an opportunity to learn as quickly as he can and help us get through practice and maybe a couple of ballgames.”

Meeting scheduled

Fisher, as co-chairman of the NFL Competition Committee, was scheduled to take part in a conference call with the league to address the issue of the scoreboard that hangs above the Dallas Cowboys new stadium.

Titans punter A.J. Trapasso hit the structure with a punt in Friday’s preseason game there, and there is concern that footballs hitting the scoreboard could become a problem at the facility.

Currently, a punt that hits the scoreboard is rekicked. However, there is speculation the NFL will make the Cowboys raise the scoreboard higher to avoid punts altogether.

“My take on it is the ball is going to continue to strike the structure, so what do we do about it. It’s not a one-time occurrence,” Fisher said.

The scoreboard is scheduled to be raised for a U2 concert later this fall.

Playing time

Fisher indicated that the Titans starters would probably play until at least halftime, though with such a veteran-laden roster, he might not have the starters come back out for a series in the third quarter.

“It really depends on the numbers. I don’t necessarily feel it’s real important to go through the halftime experience just because we’re a more veteran team now than we have been in the past,” Fisher said. “It will really depend on the number of reps.”

Kerry Collins will start at quarterback, but Fisher indicated that Vince Young might get some time with the first unit.

Cuts and bruises

A number of players did not practice on Tuesday including Washington, Ryan Mouton (high ankle sprain), David Stewart (knee), Josh Stamer (groin), William Hayes (knee), Jason Jones (foot), Nick Harper (rest) and Jevon Kearse (hamstring).

Of that group, Fisher indicated Hayes, Kearse, and Harper were among the ones that would have a chance to play this week.