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Titans Rookies Set to Make Their LP Field Debut




Wide receiver Kenny Britt, Tennessee's first-round pick out of Rutgers, will make his NFL debut Saturday night at LP Field. 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --** Titans rookies will get a taste of their new team's home crowd atmosphere for the first time when Tennessee (1-0) takes on Tampa Bay (0-0) Saturday night at LP Field (7 p.m., CT).

The Titans' stadium, which holds just over 69,000 fans, is known as having one of the NFL's best atmospheres and fan support – and Titans players feed off that energy.

"I watched film and video of some previous games," rookie offensive lineman Troy Kropogg said. "That stadium is packed and it looks like a great atmosphere. I can't wait to play in it Saturday night."

Rookies like Kropog got a taste of their first NFL action during last Sunday's Hall of Fame game, but they know that playing in front of the Titans faithful will be an entirely different experience.

"I'm excited to see all the fans come out," rookie defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks said. "I know it's going to be pretty crazy when it gets cranked up on game day."

Saturday's game will mark the debut of first-round draft pick Kenny Britt, the wide receiver out of Rutgers who sat out during the Hall of Fame Game with an injured hamstring.

"I'm very eager, but very relaxed," Britt said. "The guys relaxed me and just told me to go out there and play my best."

Titans veterans, meanwhile, are ready to get back on the field after a disappointing AFC divisional playoff loss to Baltimore in January.

"It's very exciting just to get back out there and get that behind you," defensive end Jevon Kearse said. "We've got a couple of new faces that need to get accustomed to playing Titan football and there's no better time to do it than Saturday night."

Head coach Jeff Fisher said the first home game is a night the entire organization looks forward to.

"Last week was a great experience but there is nothing better than getting back at home," Fisher said. "It's a test run for everybody in the stadium, all the employees. It's an opportunity to get back on your feet and get the kinks out."

VANILLA GAME PLAN: With a new Buccaneers coaching staff in place, the Titans have had little to draw off of in terms of game planning this week.

"From a staff standpoint it's unique because we don't have tape on the opponent and from the standpoint of preparing," Fisher said. "We'll carry out a general plan and will be ready to adjust."

INJURY REPORT: Fisher told reporters that wide receivers Mark Jones and Chris Davis, safety Vincent Fuller, linebackers Colin Allred and Stephen Tulloch, and defensive linemen Jason Jones and Jacob Ford will not play Saturday night. Everyone else who has been injured still has a chance, he said. Fisher noted that all of those who are missing Saturday's game will most likely play in next week's game at Dallas.

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