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Williams, Hunter violate team rules

The Tennessee Titans were forced to make some changes at wide receiver when both Damian Williams and Justin Hunter was deactivated for what the club termed "a violation of team rules."

Coach Mike Munchak would not say specifically what the violation was that led to the punishment, and declined to say more when asked if they missed curfew.
In regrouping, it forced the Titans to use both Kenny Britt and Michael Preston more on Sunday than they had planned in the 37-34 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Apparently Munchak and GM Ruston Webster made the decision and did not share details of what led to the matter even to other Titans coaches and front office personnel.

Just over two hours before game time, a time when the Titans would normally be suiting up and getting ready for kickoff, Williams was spotted outside the Tennessee locker room speaking on his cellphone. After the game, Williams shed little light on the matter.

"What you know is what I know. That's all I can tell you. Right now, we're working on it in-house," Williams said. "Just me and the coaching staff. I don't know what Justin's situation is right now. My situation is between me and Coach Munchak. My situation is that I violated a team rule and I took it up with Coach Munchak."

Hunter was not seen in the locker room after the game.

Britt and Preston each caught three passes in the game as replacements, and Preston wound up scoring the first two touchdowns of his NFL career.
Britt, who had been a healthy scratch last week in Denver, was surprised to be playing on Sunday. He did have a key drop on what would have been a touchdown.

"It was kind of crazy, walking into a game situation like this and knowing that you're not gonna play for several weeks, and then they come out and tell you that you're suiting up and you're gonna be the third receiver. That's called being a pro, I guess," Britt said.

Asked about what led to his playing, Britt said, "I really don't know. They just told me I was gonna be active when I came in."

As for Preston, who came back up from the practice squad just two weeks ago, Sunday turned out to be a career day.

"I wasn't expected to play, but I got the nod, so it was important for me to go out there and play," said Preston.
Coach Mike Munchak said the discipline taken Sunday would be all that would be given to the matter.

Fan appreciation?

Safety Bernard Pollard, who implored Titans fans to come out to Sunday's game during the week, said he doesn't blame fans for not showing up or for leaving early, as many did once the Titans fell behind by 17 points in the fourth quarter.

"That's their opinion. If they want to get up and leave, they want to get up and leave. As for us, our job is to entertain and our job is to get victories. We've entertained, but we haven't gotten victories, and you can't blame the fans for not coming and not showing up," Pollard said.

Big day

Statistically, Ryan Fitzpatrick had a huge day with 402 yards passing and four touchdowns as he completed 36 of 58 throws. He also had two costly interceptions, though.

Receiver Kendall Wright also had a big day with 12 catches for 150 yards. Wright was targeted 20 times in the game.

Despite the big numbers throwing the football, the Titans had little luck in running the football, getting 66 yards on 19 carries. Chris Johnson led the way with 40 yards on 13 carries, but had more yards receiving, catching three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.


Defensive back Coty Sensabaugh was walking with a limp after the game, but Mike Munchak said the Titans came out of the game relatively healthy.

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