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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Titans' top receiver breaks ankle, will sit out wild-card game

This injury to the Titans top wide receiver will severely hamper their ability to upset the AFC West champion Chargers.

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans will be without top receiver Roydell Williams for the first round of the playoffs after he broke his right ankle in practice Wednesday.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday that Williams was having surgery to repair the bone at the base of the tibia, which will require a plate and screws. Williams was hurt during practice Wednesday, but was able to walk off the indoor practice field by himself.

Fisher said X-rays showed the severity of the injury late Wednesday night.

The Titans have already lost top tight end Bo Scaife after he suffered a lacerated liver in last week's win at Indianapolis.

Williams was tied with Justin Gage for the team lead in receptions with a career-high 55. He was second with 719 yards for a team-high four touchdowns.

Receiver Brandon Jones has been on injured reserve with a groin injury since Dec. 15.

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