Titans Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

--Lance Schulters believe his tenure as a nickel cornerback is over. Rookie cornerback Andre Woolfolk dislocated his toe in the Titans' first preseason game, but finally participated fully in practice on Wednesday and appears ready to take over slot coverage duties.
   "I didn't have a problem with it, I know I could do it and if they need me to go back I'll go back and do it, I feel comfortable," Schulters said. "But I am ready to go back (to safety in nickel). It gives us a better chance to make more plays."
Scott McGarrahan played well at free safety in the nickel package, but now looks to be reduced to being the dime, as Rich Coady was in 2002.
   --Jim Haslett hinted that the Titans will get such a strong dose of running back Deuce McAllister, which would mean less of No. 3 wide receiver Donte' Stallworth.
   To a man the Titans have talked about how impressed they are Stallworth's big-play ability.
   "He's very, very explosive, he can get downfield," Jeff Fisher said. "You put him in an offense where you've got limited arm strength at the quarterback, he's just another guy. But he can get downfield and the quarterback (Aaron Brooks) can throw it 60 yards."
   Said free safety Lance Schulters: "He can take you the distance off a hitch pass."
   --Rocky Calmus, who strained a hamstring in the Titans final preseason game in Green Bay, should be back to full speed in time for the New Orleans game and will replace Brad Kassell as the main man at middle linebacker.
   Kassell has not been good, and Indy tight end Dallas Clark abused him at the RCA Dome.
   The position is not that important because the Titans play a ton of nickel, but Calmus should be an upgrade.
   --QB Steve McNair did not practice Wednesday with the full team, and Jeff Fisher said it was more because the ring finger on his throwing hand is still swollen and sore. He also has left knee that's less than 100 %. As usually, there is no chance he will miss Sunday's game.
   --CB Andre Woolfolk will play as the nickelback in Sunday's game against New Orleans. He has not played since dislocating the big toe in his left foot in the preseason opener. Lance Schulters will now stay at free safety in the nickel package, while Scott McGarrahan is the dime.
   --RB Chris Brown expects to suit up for the first time since pulling a hamstring early in training camp. Expectations are high from Brown, and while the Titans will try to downplay the possibilities for him, they'd be wise to get him some carries and see if he can't inject some life into the run game.
   --RB Robert Holcombe could lose out on some chances with Chris Brown expected to be in uniform for the first time Sunday.
   --DT Rien Long will play a good amount as the third defensive tackle with Albert Haynesworth (elbow) out against New Orleans.

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