Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee) inactive vs. Texans
Greene missed all of the Titans’ practices this week due to knee issues, and could sit out future games while recovering from the injury.
On the other hand, in Greene’s absence Chris Johnson might see increased workload against the Texans, while Jackie Battle is expected to be the Titans’ short-yardage back. Johnson had 25 carries in the Titans’ season opening win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Battle finished with eight carries.
The Titans brought in Greene this offseason to create a dynamic two-pronged running attack along with Johnson. But that has yet to materialize on the field as Greene was shut down – for the time being – after just four carries for 18 yards in the Titans’ Week 1 win.
Greene injured his right knee in the second quarter against the Steelers last week, and did not return to the game. Titans coach Mike Munchak said after the game that the injury was not serious, and too didn't expect to miss time. But Greene didn’t practice all week long, and a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that Greene’s knee isn’t responding as well as the veteran running back had initially hoped.
Before signing with the Titans on a three-year contract, Greene spent the four seasons with the New York Jets and finished with over 1,000 yards in each of his past two seasons.
The Titans will likely feature another run-heavy game plan against the Texans, following the Tennessee’s Week 1 success against the Steeler. The Texans’ previously gave up a combined 80 yards on the ground during their season opening win over the San Diego Chargers.
Also inactive for the Titans during Sunday’s game are wide receiver Damian Williams outside linebacker Zaviar Gooden, center Brian Schwenke, offensive lineman Byron Stingily, as well as defensive ends Keyunta Dawson and Lavar Edwards.