Titans DE Morgan has surgery on knee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the Titans' first-round pick of 2010, will miss the season opener after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Morgan tore his ACL in Tennessee's fourth game as a rookie, and he had been cleared before training camp. But the player from Georgia Tech felt something in the knee during the Titans' second preseason game at St. Louis.

Coach Mike Munchak said Tuesday that Morgan had the surgery when he visited Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Alabama. Andrews performed the original surgery on Morgan's knee.

Munchak says it will be a small setback for Morgan, who could miss up to three weeks.

Munchak awaits news on Chris Johnson's contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
Titans coach Mike Munchak says he assumes he'll be one of the first to be told when there's good news in the contract talks involving star running back Chris Johnson.

Munchak is preparing for his preseason finale Thursday night at New Orleans and the season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11 not knowing if he'll have Johnson on the field.

The Titans are ready to make Johnson the highest-paid running back in NFL history. He reportedly wants $13 million a year.

Munchak talked with general manager Mike Reinfeldt last week when Johnson came to Nashville. The coach says he doesn't check in daily for updates because he is busy with a new season in front of him.

Veteran kicker fine-tuning timing after busy camp
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
Working with three different snappers and two holders during training camp is tough on a kicker, even if he's one of the most accurate in NFL history.

The carousel has Tennessee's Rob Bironas a little off his game.

Bironas already has missed as many kicks (two) in three preseason games as he did all of last season, and that doesn't count his misses in practice the past month.

The seven-year veteran is the NFL's fourth-most accurate kicker, having connected on 85.6 percent of his attempts.

But things appear to be returning to normal.

After Monday's roster cuts Bironas is back working with his regular long-snapper Ken Amato and usual holder Brett Kern. Bironas said Tuesday he's busy fine-tuning his motion to be in rhythm by the opener Sept. 11.

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