Zach Mettenberger Hurts Sprained Shoulder in Loss to Giants


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson dislocated his shoulder defending a pass, and safety Daimion Stafford suffered a concussion.

When Byron Stingily hurt an ankle, the Titans were down to their third offensive tackle in the game, a guy signed Tuesday and playing his first NFL game.

Then quarterback Zach Mettenberger hurt his sprained shoulder for a second week in a row and couldn't finish.

The Titans lost Sunday 36-7 to the New York Giants, who snapped a seven-game slide. Tennessee had a season-low with 207 yards total offense and allowed a season-high eight sacks in a game the Titans trailed 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.

First-year coach Ken Whisenhunt said it's not easy right now, especially with two top wide receivers already out with injuries too.

"Nobody really cares," Whisenhunt said. "We have to play the games on Sundays. This is an opportunity for some guys to step up and get a chance to show what they can do. That's what we are struggling through right now."

The Titans had only four players that started the season at their positions with left tackle Taylor Lewan and right tackle Michael Oher missing their second straight starts because of injuries. Stingily tried to return, but couldn't with his ankle.

Mettenberger wound up sacked five times, the last sending him to the locker room early in the fourth quarter. Jake Locker finished for him and was sacked three times himself.

The Titans (2-11), whose only points came when Marqueston Huff returned an interception 23 yards for a TD, have lost seven straight and 10 of their last 11.

"We played poorly today," Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. "I felt like I played poorly today. It's like a trickle effect. One person plays poorly, and everyone plays poorly after that."

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