Titans Release Starting FS Thompson, QB Rattay Among 20 Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have cut 20 players including free safety Lamont Thompson and quarterback Tim Rattay.

The Titans have made their final cuts to trim down to the league-mandated 53-man roster.

Thompson had been a starting safety for the Titans the past three seasons. But he struggled to catch up to plays last season and not even two interceptions this preseason could help him salvage his job. Calvin Lowry, who had split time with Thompson this preseason, will start in his spot.

The Titans also released seven of their own draft picks including receiver Courtney Roby, linebackers Spencer Toone and Terna Nande, running back Quinton Ganther and a trio of this year's draft picks in receiver Joel Filani, offensive tackle Mike Otto and cornerback Ryan Smith.

The Titans also placed receiver David Givens on the physically unable to perform list, which will give him another six weeks as he tries to come back from a left torn ACL.

They also placed defensive tackle Rien Long, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, on injured reserve. Long missed the 2006 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Others cut include offensive linemen Justin Geisinger, Seth Wand and Isaac Snell; running back Dontrell Moore; linebacker Colin Allred; tight ends Cooper Wallace and Jamie Petrowski; defensive ends Jason Hall and Josh Savage; defensive tackle Lauvale Sape; and safety Bryan Scott.

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