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Titans signing veteran S Adrian Colbert to one-year deal

The Tennessee Titans are signing veteran safety Adrian Colbert to one-year deal, his agents told ESPN on Tuesday.

He has played in 39 games (22 starts) with five teams since San Francisco made him a seventh-round pick in 2017.

Colbert, 28, split last season with the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets and registered 16 tackles.

He has 109 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery with the 49ers (2017-18), Miami Dolphins (2019), New York Giants (2020), Browns and Jets.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) exits the field after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a AFC Divisional playoff game at Nissan Stadium Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans officially part ways with WR Julio Jones

The Tennessee Titans made it official Thursday and released wide receiver Julio Jones after one season.

The team designated the 33-year-old veteran as a post-June 1 release, saving $9.5 million in cap space.

Jones was a disappointment last season in his first campaign with Tennessee. He established career lows of 31 receptions, 434 yards and one touchdown in just 10 games due to multiple hamstring injuries.

He caught six passes for 62 yards when the Titans were upset 19-16 by the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs.

Jones played his first 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before being dealt to Tennessee.

He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection with Atlanta and topped 1,300 receiving yards in a span of six consecutive seasons from 2014-19. He also had more than 100 receptions three times and set franchise marks of 136 catches and 1,871 yards in 2015.

Jones holds Falcons’ career records of 848 receptions and 12,896 yards. His 60 touchdown receptions rank second behind Roddy White (63).

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Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree on the sidelines before the team takes on the Titans at NRG Stadium Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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Titans LB Bud Dupree turns himself in on assault charge

Tennessee Titans linebacker Bud Dupree turned himself in Friday on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a fight last month at a Nashville drugstore.

He reported for booking at the Davidson County courthouse Friday morning, a Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman confirmed to The Tennessean. Dupree received a date to return to court and was released.

According to police, Dupree had an altercation with a 20-year-old male employee at a Walgreens on Jan. 2. After a verbal spat, police say Dupree grabbed the employee, who was filming the incident, and his phone. The employee was treated for a cut to his forehead and a female employee was treated for a cut on her hand, police said.

Dupree, 29, just completed the first season of a five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed with Tennessee last March. He played in 11 games (six starts) and contributed 17 tackles and three sacks for the AFC South champions.

A first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015, Dupree has played in 92 career games with 72 starts. He has 248 career tackles, 42.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles after playing his first six seasons in Pittsburgh.

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Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) during the first half of an AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals defeat Titans on FG as time expires, 19-16

Rookie Evan McPherson kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to propel the visiting Cincinnati Bengals to a berth in the AFC Championship Game, courtesy of a 19-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

Ryan Tannehill tossed his third interception after Logan Wilson reeled in a deflected ball at Cincinnati’s 47-yard line with 20 seconds to play. Joe Burrow connected with rookie Ja’Marr Chase on a 19-yard strike, and McPherson came on three plays later to drill his fourth field goal of the game.

Burrow overcame nine sacks to complete 28 of 37 passes for 348 yards. Chase had five catches for 109 yards for the fourth-seeded Bengals, who won their first road playoff game in franchise history to advance to the AFC title game for the first time since the 1988 season.

Cincinnati will visit the winner of Sunday’s divisional-round game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 30. The Bengals posted a 34-31 win over visiting Kansas City on Jan. 2. They did not face Buffalo this season.

Tennessee’s Derrick Henry rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown while playing in his first game since breaking his foot on Oct. 31. Tannehill threw for 220 yards and A.J. Brown had five catches for 142 yards and a touchdown for the top-seeded Titans.

After being held to three field goals in the first half, Cincinnati drove 65 yards for a touchdown on its first drive in the third quarter. Joe Mixon capped the nine-play stretch by bolting 16 yards for a score to give the Bengals a 16-6 lead.

Former Cincinnati kicker Randy Bullock made a 34-yard field goal to cut into the Titans’ deficit and Amani Hooker intercepted a deflected ball on the next possession. Brown promptly made a one-handed catch for a 33-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder throw from Tannehill to tie the game.

McPherson drilled 38- and 45-yard field goals in the first quarter before Henry took a direct snap and rumbled off left tackle for a 3-yard touchdown with 6:12 remaining in the second. Henry was denied on a two-point conversion attempt, and McPherson regained the lead for Cincinnati with a 54-yard field goal on the ensuing possession.

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Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) heads for a touchdown against Kansas City Chief during the AFC Wild Card game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 6, 2018.

Reports: Derrick Henry won’t be on snap count vs. Bengals

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who is coming off a broken foot, won’t be on a snap count in Saturday’s AFC divisional round playoff game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, multiple outlets reported.

Henry, 28, has not played since breaking his foot on Oct. 31 during a 34-31 overtime win at the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans activated the two-time NFL rushing champion on Friday.

The 2020 All-Pro had a steel plate inserted into his foot during surgery on Nov. 2. Henry is also expected to face Cincinnati with a metal plate in his shoe, similar to those worn by players who have turf toe, NFL Network reported.

Henry was the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2020, when he rushed for a league-leading 2,027 yards and 17 scores. In eight games this season, Henry ran for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns, both team bests.

After Henry won the 2015 Heisman Trophy with Alabama, the Titans selected him with 45th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. In 86 regular-season games with Tennessee, Henry has rushed for 6,797 yards and 65 touchdowns.

In six career playoff games with the Titans, Henry has run for 670 yards and three touchdowns.

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Jan 9, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Tennessee Titans running back D'Onta Foreman (7) rushes against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Titans wrap up AFC’s top seed by turning back Texans

Ryan Tannehill tossed four touchdown passes and the Tennessee Titans held off the host Houston Texans 28-25 Sunday to lock up the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC.

The Titans finished the regular season 12-5, tied with the Kansas City Chiefs atop the conference. Tennessee earned the top seed, which means a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs — by virtue of a head-to-head win over the Chiefs.

Julio Jones caught his first touchdown pass as a member of the Titans during the fourth quarter, giving them a 10-point lead, enough room to survive Houston’s budding comeback. The Titans squandered most of a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Texans fell to 4-13 to wrap up David Culley’s first year as head coach despite Davis Mills’ 301 passing yards and three touchdowns. Danny Amendola caught two scoring passes in the fourth quarter and finished with 113 yards on seven receptions.

Houston’s comeback was made possible by its defense forcing the Titans into three straight three-and-outs to start the second half. But that didn’t last forever, as Tannehill led a 75-yard drive ending in Jones’ 3-yard touchdown catch that grew their lead to 28-18.

Mills responded by hitting Amendola for a 26-yard touchdown with 4:04 to play. But the Titans managed to run out the clock from there.

Tannehill finished 23-for-32 for 287 yards, and four of his teammates finished with at least 50 yards receiving.

After a first quarter comprised of three punts and a missed Tennessee field goal, the Titans broke through with an 11-play, 94-yard scoring drive in the second. Tannehill hit tight end Anthony Firkser for a 5-yard touchdown on third and goal.

The Titans’ next drive covered 85 yards in just 2:46 and culminated in Tannehill’s 14-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown with 1:34 left in the half. Brown caught three passes for 52 yards on the drive.

Tennessee forced Houston to punt for the fifth straight drive and took one more crack at the end zone. The Texans incurred a 45-yard pass interference penalty to set up the Titans on the 4-yard line, and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine caught a touchdown on the next play for a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Texans gained just 67 yards in the first half, but they returned to the field with their bag of tricks. Mills pulled off a flea-flicker and hit Chris Moore for a 28-yard passing touchdown on their opening drive of the third quarter.

Houston tacked on a 31-yard Ka’imi Fairbairn field goal late in the third.

Mills hit Amendola for a 37-yard catch over the top to get the next drive going, and the rookie again found Amendola wide-open in the back of the end zone for a 7-yard score. Amendola caught a pass for the two-point conversion, as well, bringing it to 21-18 with 11:40 left in the game to set up a nerve-wracking finish.

The Titans exacted revenge for a 22-13 loss to the Texans in Week 11.

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Oct 31, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball during warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Titans designate RB Derrick Henry to return from IR

The Tennessee Titans designated running back Derrick Henry to return from injured reserve, clearing the way for his return to practice Wednesday.

The Titans (11-5) now have a 21-day window to activate the two-time NFL rushing champion to the 53-man roster.

Tennessee has already clinched the AFC South division title and can secure the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed and home-field advantage with a road win Sunday against the Houston Texans (4-12).

Securing the bye week that comes with the No. 1 seed would give Henry until the weekend of Jan. 22-23 to get back into shape for the postseason.

Henry landed on IR on Nov. 1 with a broken bone in his right foot. Head coach Mike Vrabel and the Titans made their decision Wednesday after evaluating Henry’s light workout on Monday.

Henry, 28, was leading the NFL in rushing with 937 yards at the time of the injury, sustained Oct. 31 against the Indianapolis Colts. He had surgery to repair the “Jones fracture” on Nov. 2.

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Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) makes his way to the field before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans LB Bud Dupree under investigation after altercation

A Sunday night altercation at a Nashville Walgreens store has local police looking to question Tennessee Titans linebacker Bud Dupree.

Two Walgreens employees reportedly were treated for cuts in an incident, with Dupree and multiple people with him allegedly involved in an altercation that started when a male worker in the store started videotaping the Titans player.

No charges have been filed, with Nashville police reportedly interested in questioning Dupree and his companions.

“We are aware of the situation and are gathering additional information,” the Titans said in a statement.

When police arrived at the scene Sunday night, Dupree had already departed, according to reports.

According to WKRN News 2 in Nashville, a 20-year-old male employee was left with a cut on his forehead, while a 21-year-old female employee came away with a cut on her hand.

The 28-year-old Dupree, in his seventh NFL season and first with the Titans, played 37 snaps and had one tackle in Sunday’s 34-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins. He has 14 tackles in 10 games (five starts) this season with three sacks.

The 22nd overall draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015 out of Kentucky has played in 91 career games, 71 of them starts. He has 245 career tackles and 42.5 sacks after playing his first six seasons in Pittsburgh.

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