The Tennessee Titans reversed course in their return game on Tuesday, re-signing wide receiver Mark Jones after a disastrous showing from rookie Ryan Mouton in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.
The Titans also added some depth at safety, signing veteran Kevin Kaesviharn to the 53-man roster to help fill in for injured safety Vincent Fuller.
To make room, the Titans placed injured punter Craig Hentrich on injured reserve, calling into doubt whether the 38-year-old's NFL career could be nearing an end.
The Titans also waived running back Chris Henry, a second-round pick from 2007, who had played the past two weeks on special teams, but was inactive for 15 of 16 games last year.
Jones signed with the Titans during the off-season as a free agent and potential replacement for Chris Carr as the team’s kickoff and punt returner. However, he suffered a hamstring injury in training camp and missed three preseason games. Also, he lost a fumble against Cleveland and the Titans let him go, electing to gamble with rookies Mouton, Jason McCourty and Javon Ringer on returns. None of them had much success, and Mouton’s two fumbles Sunday let to 14 points for the Jets in the 24-17 defeat.
Jones was going to be signed back by the Carolina Panthers, where he played last year, but failed a physical. The Titans brought him back Tuesday, and he passed a physical and will immediately take over the return chores.
Kaesviharn, 33, has played in the NFL since 2001, spending time with the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints. He has 17 career interceptions.
The Titans also signed Cary Williams, released last week from the 53-man roster back to the practice squad Tuesday. To make room, Tennessee waived running back Rodney Ferguson.
In terms of Hentrich’s situation, the veteran punter contemplated retirement in the off-season, but decided to come back and lost weight and improved his conditioning and diet for his return. However, it is unclear if Hentrich will attempt to come back again and extend his career for a 17th season.
Henry, if he clears waivers, will be owed $420,000 of guaranteed money for the 2010 season that immediately accelerates onto the Titans’ salary cap this year as dead money.
Other players the Titans had in for visits included veteran cornerbacks Rod Hood and Eric Green, as well as cornerback Dante Hughes and safeties Kevin Davis and Keith Lewis.