The Tennessee Titans' injury woes just keep getting worse.

They lost their top healthy tight end to an emergency appendectomy hours before kickoff yesterday, then lost the AFC's leading rusher in the third quarter when Chris Brown hurt his right shoulder and couldn't return.

That proved too much for the Titans, who had 12 players on the injury report, and they lost to the visiting Houston Texas, 20-10.

The first problem was tight end Shad Meier, who became sick Saturday and was taken to a hospital after team meetings. Doctors diagnosed appendicitis, and they operated around 6 a.m. yesterday, which will keep Meier out two to three weeks.

"We obviously had to make adjustments starting last night and early this morning, and it is obvious we didn't get it done," Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said.

The offense took another big hit when Brown was hurt. Brown came into the game with 556 yards rushing, including 100-yard performances in four of his first five games this season.

He was injured when tackled by safety Jason Simmons after catching a five-yard pass from Steve McNair on third and 10. Brown walked off on his own, but he held his right arm stiffly at his side.

A doctor examined Brown on the sideline, and he was able to move his arm. Fisher said Brown has a brachial plexus injury, which involves nerves running down the arm. Brown had 52 yards rushing on 13 carries when he went out.

"He is just starting to get feeling back in his shoulder," Fisher said after the game.

-- From News Services