Titans looking to slow down Saints offense, Brees
The way Tennessee Titans safety Chris Hope sees it, the New Orleans Saints' offense is a challenge not unlike stopping a basketball team that likes to run and gun by using a physical defense and a half-court set offense.

Behind quarterback Drew Brees, New Orleans is first overall in the NFL in total offense, passing yards, first downs and third-down efficiency and eighth overall in rushing yards. Brees is 349 of 496 passing this season for 4,031 yards, 30 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.

Tennessee safety Jordan Babineaux, who was a part of the Seattle team that upset New Orleans in the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff, says he doesn't mind giving up yards to the Saints as long as the Titans don't give up many points.

Titans WR Nate Washington misses practice
Tennessee wide receiver Nate Washington missed another day of practice with his injured left ankle but is expected to return.

Washington, who injured his ankle in the Titans' 23-17 win at Buffalo on Sunday, walked around the field on Thursday instead of practicing. Coach Mike Munchak said he thought Washington would return to practice Friday.

Cornerback Jason McCourty had his activity load increased at practice and will be re-evaluated Friday to see if he can be cleared from a concussion.

Linebacker Patrick Bailey, who tweaked his hamstring Wednesday, was out of Thursday's practice. Linebacker Barrett Ruud continues to be out with a groin injury, while center Eugene Amano returned from a sore knee and practiced fully on Thursday.

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