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Titans' Stevens avoids concussion

Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens has had concussion issues before.

And for a while on Sunday, there was concern that perhaps a blow to the head on a block against Buffalo might have caused another one.

But this time, there were no concussion issues for Stevens, who finished the game and has practiced all week with no issues.

“I smacked my head a little bit, but I'm fine. It wasn't anything serious,” Stevens said. “The coaches were just being cautious and just making sure I was good.”

Stevens should know, as he has had serious concussion problems before. He was knocked out in a game in college against the University of Tennessee while playing for California.

And in 2009, he missed two games after being knocked out of a game against the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Titans face this Sunday at LP Field.

Stevens passed his baseline test and finished the game, and joked that he did even better than the baseline.

“I actually did better than my baseline. Maybe it knocked some sense into me,” said Stevens, who indicated that the hit was not a concussion.

Stevens suffered the hit while blocking in the first half and taking on a Bills linebacker. He said that because concussion are such a concern, players have to take the direct and honest approach with team doctors and trainers.

“You've just got to be honest with them. That can't diagnose you without that. You've got to tell them how you feel,” he said.

Stevens has been the Titans primary run-blocking tight end for the past couple of seasons, but has become a nice surprise in the passing attack as well. Stevens already has a career-high 13 catches for the Titans for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Otto on track to start

Tackle Mike Otto, who has been in and out of practice with a knee injury this season, could be starting in place of Michael Roos, whose 119-game consecutive starts streak in in jeopardy because of appendicitis.

The Titans are operating under the assumption that Otto and not Roos will be at left tackle Sunday against the Colts.

“I think you have to look at it that way. If Michael (Roos) gets approval to play or feels well enough to play, then that’s great,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I think when you have something like this, the player always is anticipating being the guy. We are as an offense. We’ve done that whenever there has been an injury on offense or defense. We just assumed that he’s going to be the left tackle, and if something changes with Michael, then great.”

McCarthy rests

Colin McCarthy was held out of Thursday's practice after working on Wednesday to rest his troublesome right ankle.

McCarthy is expected to practice on Friday and play Sunday against the Colts. McCarthy said sitting out last week in Buffalo to rest the high ankle sprain was helpful.

“It helped out a lot. Playing two games in five days was pretty rough on my ankle,” he said. “For me to get some time off and us still get the win was huge. I practiced yesterday, took today off and I'll get back to work tomorrow and be ready to go Sunday.”

McCarthy said last week the ankle will bother him as long as he plays on it, but after 17 days of rest, the linebacker believes he can play until the bye week now.

"I think there's a good chance I make it through. We've got another three games and the bye week and then another six games. I'm focusing on this one against the Colts, but my main thing is to get through these next three games,” McCarthy said.

Other Titans who did not practice included linebacker Will Witherspoon, who could return and practice on Friday.

QB Jake Locker was limited again and has not yet been cleared for contact, meaning he is already out for Sunday.

Others who are out for Sunday include running back Javon Ringer (knee), cornerback Tommie Campbell (knee) and linebacker Patrick Bailey (ribs).

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