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Titans Sign FB Tory Carter to Active Roster While Elevating Two Others for Sunday's Game vs Colts


NASHVILLE – The Titans have signed fullback Tory Carter to the team's active roster.

The move comes a day after the Titans ruled fullback Khari Blasingame (knee) out for Sunday's game vs the Colts.

Also on Saturday, the Titans downgraded linebacker Rashaan Evans to out for Sunday's game because of an ankle injury. Evans did not practice on Friday, when he was initially listed as questionable in the Injury Report.

Lastly, running back/return man Dontrell Hilliard and defensive lineman Eli Ankou will be standard elevations for Sunday's game. Both players, signed to the practice squad earlier in the week, will revert back to the practice squad on Monday.

Hillard, who played in college at Tulane, has spent time with the Browns (2018-2020) and Texans (2020) in his NFL career. He's played in 32 career games, and as 97 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his career along with 22 catches for 199 receiving yards. Hillard has also returns punts and kicks in the NFL.

As a returner, Hilliard has posted a 7.1-yard average on 15 punt returns and 23.1-yard average on 23 kickoff returns. As a college player at Tulane, Hilliard played in 47 games and rushed for 2,948 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Ankou, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, played collegiately at UCLA. He initially signed with Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2017, and he's spent time with the Jaguars, Browns, Colts, Cowboys, Bills, Falcons and Steelers in the NFL. Ankou has played in 27 career games and has recorded 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his career. In 2020, Ankou was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 7th round draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Ankou was released from the Steelers practice squad earlier this month.

Carter has spent the entire season on the Titans practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent from LSU after the 2021 NFL Draft. He's played in three games for the Titans this season.

The 6-foot, 229-pound Carter played in 42 games as a tight end/fullback at Louisiana State and helped the Tigers win a national championship in 2019.

"I don't think he minds contact," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Carter on Friday. "If you play fullback, you have to be willing to embrace contact. He is somewhat versatile whereas his ability on special teams, he tried to improve in that area. I think they both – just felt like Khari (Blasingame) could fill a few more roles based on where we were at health-wise at that point in time. Let's say backup protector or a third runner, backup fullback. That is where we went when we made that decision."

Kickoff for Sunday's game at Indianapolis is scheduled for noon CDT at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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