NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed veteran defensive ends Dave Ball and Leger Douzable on injured reserve, trimming the roster to 53 by the NFL deadline.
Ball had been dealing with concussion symptoms most of the preseason, and the seven-year veteran briefly considered retirement after a concussion suffered while playing against Cincinnati last November. A fourth-round draft pick by San Diego in 2004 out of UCLA, Ball signed with the Titans in 2008 and has 15 1/2 sacks with all of his 23 starts coming with Tennessee.
By being placed on injured reserve Friday, that means the team cannot use a new rule announced Thursday that allows for one player to be activated off injured reserve after the sixth week on the schedule because that person has to be on the 53-man roster after the final cut down.
Ball re-signed with the Titans in April as the team wanted some experience around a bunch of young defensive linemen.
That leaves end Kamerion Wimbley, going into his seventh NFL season, as the most experienced player on a defensive line where the Titans have used five draft picks in the past two drafts.
Tennessee ranked next to last with 28 sacks in 2011. End Keyunta Dawson, a four-year veteran who signed as a free agent this offseason, adds experience after earning a job with a team-high three sacks in the preseason.
The Titans also placed guard Ryan Durand, linebacker Kevin Malast and cornerback Terrence Wheatley on injured reserve.
Tennessee goes into the season with only five receivers. With Kenny Britt suspended for one game, the Titans will have only four available against New England in the season opener Sept. 9 unless they add someone off waivers. They waived receivers Devin Aguilar, James Kirkendoll, Michael Preston and D.J. Woods leaving five on the roster.