NFL notebook

Titans are third team to try life with Moss

Associated Press
Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Tennessee Titans claimed Randy Moss off the waiver wire on Wednesday, choosing not to take any risks with wide receiver Kenny Britt missing at least one game with an injured right hamstring.

Tennessee drafted Kevin Dyson with the 16th pick overall in 1998. They passed on Moss and said then it was because of concerns about his character. Coach Jeff Fisher, speaking three hours before Wednesday's waiver deadline, said the personnel department decided Dyson was a better fit.

"Randy has had a terrific career. He's a Hall of Fame receiver. You don't always make the right decision," Fisher said. "The draft is an imperfect science. We've had No. 1's that haven't panned out for us before."

Now the Titans are 5-3, a half-game back in the AFC South with five divisional games remaining down the stretch. Fisher said in a statement after the Titans were awarded Moss that the wide receiver offered an opportunity to upgrade their offense.

"Randy has been a tremendous threat where ever he has been," Fisher said. "We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible."

Moss can help a team that has not won a playoff game since January 2004, and Fisher said Britt, who hurt his right hamstring in last week's 33-25 loss to San Diego, will miss the Titans' game Nov. 14 at Miami.

How quickly Moss joins the Titans remains to be seen. The Titans are on their bye and hold their last practice Thursday before breaking for the weekend. Players won't be due back until Tuesday, but agent Joel Segal said Moss will be heading to Tennessee.

"Randy's excited to get back playing football," Segal said. "He's ready to go and looking forward to get there."

The wide receiver going to his third team this season already is being welcomed. Safety Michael Griffin tweeted "welcome Randy Moss" and all-pro running back Chris Johnson shared his excitement.

"You can't put eight in a box if you got Randy Moss out there on the outside. If you've got Randy Moss out there, you just can't play him one-on-one," Johnson said.

- BILLS: Having the NFL's worst record has at least one perk: It gave winless Buffalo the opportunity to claim former San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman off of waivers to improve their defense.

Buffalo (0-7) had the first option on acquiring the one-time feared pass rusher because it has the NFL's worst record. Waived players are awarded to the worst team that submits a claim.

First-year Bills General Manager Buddy Nix worked in the Chargers' front office when they drafted the outside linebacker with the 12th pick in 2005.

- PATRIOTS: Two-time Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins is back at practice after ending a 4½-month holdout.

Mankins practiced after accepting a tender offer. He initially refused to sign it by June 14 and was not at a three-day minicamp that began the next day. He also missed all of training camp and the Patriots' first seven games. There was no word on whether Mankins would play on Sunday against the Browns.

- VIKINGS: Wide receiver Sidney Rice has been taken off the physically unable to perform list, allowing his return to practice. The Vikings have up to three weeks to evaluate his progress before determining whether to put him on the active 53-man roster.

- CARDINALS: Derek Anderson will be back at starting quarterback for Arizona in Minnesota on Sunday.

Anderson started the first four games, then was replaced by rookie Max Hall, who struggled mightily and was benched in the first half of last Sunday's 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay after he had two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

- EAGLES: DeSean Jackson was back at practice, running around and making catches. That was no small feat considering the violent hit he took from the Falcons' Dunta Robinson 17 days earlier. Robinson, who was injured on the same play, also returned to practice in Atlanta and was cleared to play on Sunday. . . .

Linebacker Ernie Sims has been fined $50,000 for striking a defenseless receiver in the game with the Titans on Oct. 24.

It's the first large fine handed out by the NFL since it sent a video to the 32 teams emphasizing what hits would bring big fines and possible suspensions.

- BROWNS: Injured quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace are not practicing, making it likely rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his third consecutive start, on Sunday against New England.

-PANTHERS: Running back DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined with a sprained left foot.

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