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Titans easily win battle of backups

JACKSONVILLE — Tennessee's Vince Young watched from the sideline. Jacksonville's David Garrard was in the locker room.

Both starting quarterbacks were knocked out of Monday night's game, turning things over to veteran Kerry Collins and recently signed Trent Edwards.

Collins led the Titans to a 30-3 victory and Edwards, the Bills starter to begin the season, looked mostly like a guy who joined the team three weeks ago.

Collins completed 11 of 16 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, directed five consecutive scoring drives and put the Titans atop the AFC South. Tennessee, which also got 111 yards rushing and a late score from Chris Johnson, moved into a three-way tie with Indianapolis and Houston.

Young threw a 23-yard touchdown to Kenny Britt on the opening drive, then left with a sprained left knee when he fumbled a snap on the next series. Collins came in and threw a short TD to Bo Scaife and led time-consuming drives to keep control.

The Titans turned three short fields into 13 points, taking advantage of two interceptions and a short punt. Jags tight end Marcedes Lewis fumbled at the Tennessee 10-yard line in the second quarter and receiver Tiquan Underwood let Vincent Fuller rip a pass out of his hands in the end zone in the fourth.

BRONCOS: A day and countless rewinds later, cornerback Renaldo Hill said he still thought he shouldn't have been flagged for pass interference on a play that led to the Jets' win at Denver. If anything, he said Santonio Holmes tugged at him and should have been whistled for offensive pass interference. "I thought I looked back for the ball, I felt a little tug, and that's what kind of got me off balance," Hill said.

BROWNS: Defensive end Robaire Smith (back) might be out for the season.

COWBOYS: Carl Johnson, the league's vice president of officiating, told coach Wade Phillips that the touchdown-celebration penalty against Minnesota wasn't for Miles Austin leapfrogging Roy Williams in the end zone. It was against receiver Sam Hurd for flashing a University of Texas "Hook 'em Horns" hand gesture along with Williams.

GIANTS: Kicker Shayne Graham was released after one game, and the team got offensive tackle Jamon Meredith off waivers from Detroit.

JAGUARS: Third-year cornerback Chevis Jackson signed to help fill the spot left by starting safety Anthony Smith, who was traded to Green Bay on Sunday.

LIONS: Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (sprained shoulder) is expected to return Oct. 31 against Washington.

PACKERS: Tight end Jermichael Finley will go on injured reserve, ending any hopes of a comeback from knee surgery this season.

PANTHERS: Coach John Fox said Matt Moore will start at quarterback this week against San Francisco, moving rookie Jimmy Clausen back to the bench.

RAVENS: Coach John Harbaugh said Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, out injured the first six weeks, will practice for the first time this season Wednesday. Also, the Baltimore Sun reported that the team was linked to linebacker Shawne Merriman, who will be cut by the Chargers once he's healthy.

REDSKINS: The team insists that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will remain with the team through today's trade deadline.

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Titans easily win battle of backups 10/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:35am]
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