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Titans nip Saints as preseason ends

The Tennessee Titans concluded the preseason with a 10-6 victory over the New Orleans in a lackluster contest.

Jamie Harper scored the only touchdown of the game on a one-yard run in the third quarter, as backups played most of the night for both teams.

The Titans did start Jake Locker in the contest, and he played most of the first half, completing 9 of 16 passes for 81 yards. Locker did have a fumble on a scramble that ended a potential scoring drive on his final play of the night.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," Locker said. "We had a few opportunities to score points, but we just didn't."

Coach Mike Munchak also had hoped for more from the offense in the preseason finale.

"I wish we could have done a little more on offense," Munchak said. "We moved the ball a little bit there, but again, we're not finishing drives."

The Titans have to trim the roster to 53 players by Friday. One player they know won't be on the roster for opening day is receiver Kenny Britt, who was suspended for the opening game for his DUI arrest on July 20.

The Titans got a 24-yard field goal from Rob Bironas in the first quarter.

New Orleans sat out more than 20 players in the preseason finale, including starting quarterback Drew Brees.

The Titans open the regular season on Sept. 9 against New England, and some players are hoping to carry over some of the things from preseason into the regular season.

"We've prepared during the preseason, knowing we were going to play the Patriots in week one. We've made some progress with guys stepping up and making plays and guys forcing turnovers, and hopefully we can carry that over into the regular season," linebacker Colin McCarthy said.

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