Tempers hot like sun for Titans
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 4:17 pm
By: By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans put on full pads for the first time Tuesday afternoon, and the tempers flared right along with the temperatures.
The heat felt like it was 100 degrees outside, and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch tangled twice with left guard Eugene Amano and even pushed off the offensive lineman’s helmet once.
Linebacker Stephen Tulloch launched at fullback Casey Cramer, prompting coach Jeff Fisher to warn his players to learn how to practice or risk being handed the football to run themselves.
“It’s really our first full day, and we had two full sessions in the heat,” Fisher said. “They battled through it. We had the normal heat-related issues. Tempers flaring, false starts and things like that. It’s a good learning experience for us. We learned a lot today, but we took a step forward.”
Fisher said there is a fine line between toughness and going too far.
Asked if Pro Bowler Vanden Bosch crossed that line, Fisher said yes because the end got into two fights.
“My quarterback was throwing punches last year at this time, so this is nothing,” Fisher said.
Defensive end Jevon Kearse sat out the session.
His right foot was stepped on during the morning, but he finished.
Fisher said he held Kearse out as a coach’s decision. Kearse had only two sacks in 14 games last year with Philadelphia, which released him in the offseason.
Kearse has had offseason problems as he was cited for DUI near the Vanderbilt University campus earlier this summer.
He has also been injury-prone the past couple of years with the Eagles.
It is not known what Kearse’s role with the team may be this season, although he is vying for a starting position should he stay healthy.
In other news, Titans’ running back LenDale White, excused from both of Tuesday’s sessions, had his case in Denver continued until Nov. 17.
He faces two counts of destruction of private property, one count of interference, one count of refusing an order of an officer and a count of resistance of arrest.
White is expected back at camp today.