KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Under the heading of “What else can go wrong?” in the 2010 season, the Tennessee Titans suffered another strange oddity.
“Kerry throws a ball on the sideline and it hits William Hayes in the head, and now he's concussed and he can't go back into the game,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. “That's kind of how the game went. I've never had a player leave the game with a concussion from getting hit with a ball on the sideline. We'll see how he is.”
The freak injury left the Titans with only six defensive linemen, as defensive tackle Jovan Haye was a surprise inactive on Sunday, with Malcolm Sheppard and Marques Douglas getting the nod instead.
Other injuries were less severe. Receiver Kenny Britt limped to the sideline in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, but indicated that the ankle was OK afterwards.
Center Fernando Velasco was out for a series after getting his knee rolled up on while trying to chase down Kendrick Lewis after an interception that was called back on a penalty.
“I kept warming up and it felt better. It's not a big deal,” Velasco said.
That opened the door for rookie Kevin Matthews to play a series at center until Velasco returned.
“It was exciting. You go in and hope you don't mess up with the nerves. I got in and we were able to drive down and score a touchdown. That was exciting. I'm just glad to be able to get out there,” Matthews said.
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