Titans-Cardinals First Half Notes



TITANS SCRATCHES:The Titans not in action against the Cardinals were wide receiverJustin Gage; cornerbackCortland Finnegan; linebackersDavid ThorntonandColin Allred; defensive tackleTony Brown; and defensive endsJacob Ford,Williams HayesandDerrick Morgan**.

VERNER WITH FIRST START: With Cortland Finnegan not starting against the Cardinals due to a groin injury, rookie cornerback Alterraun Verner received his first start of the preseason.  Verner was a fourth-round draft choice out of UCLA.

BIG CATCHES: In the first quarter, Vince Young lofted a 30-yard pass to third-year tight end Craig Stevens, who in two previous regular seasons recorded one catch for nine yards.  Later in the same drive, Young connected with wide receiver Nate Washington on a 28-yard pass.  The two big plays helped set up Chris Johnson's eight-yard touchdown run.

TITANS WIN CHALLENGE: On the last play of the first quarter, a pass from Vince Young to Nate Washington was ruled incomplete.  Head coach Jeff Fisher challenged the call, and after review, the call was reversed to a 10-yard completion for a first down.

DAMIAN WILLIAMS' INITIAL RETURNS: Rookie wide receiver Damian Williams missed the first preseason game in Seattle due to a hamstring injury.  Monday night against the Cardinals, the third-round pick played for the first time.  He fielded the first Cardinals kickoff and punt of the night.

YOUNG CAPS EVENING WITH LONG DRIVE: Vince Young quarterbacked four drives in the first half, and the Titans scored on the last two.  To cap his evening, he led a 15-play, 84-yard march that resulted in a 29-yard field goal by Rob Bironas.  Young's final numbers for the game included nine completions for 128 yards on 13 attempts (100.8 rating).

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