Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse was a surprise scratch from Sunday night’s game against the Colts. Kearse, who had started every game since returning to the team in 2008, was not injured.
His reaction to the news that he wouldn’t be playing?
And coach Jeff Fisher is OK with it.
“This is between he and I,” Fisher said Monday, according to Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper. “It was a big game. It was an emotional
thing, and we’ll sort it out. As far as the message is
concerned, he’s a good teammate, he’s had a great career and he’s still
got a lot left.”
Fisher said that Kearse won’t be fined for leaving.
“There are a lot of moving parts, and I think in Jevon’s case, again
you referenced the fact that he wasn’t there, again this is between he
and I, when you let a player know 90 minutes before kickoff that he’s
going to be inactive, that’s a hard thing to accept,” Fisher said. “And
I don’t blame him for having a tough time dealing with that. It was a
decision we made, and it was a last-minute decision.”
Fisher explained that he chose to activate defensive end Dave Ball over Kearse.
“I have been deactivating Dave Ball for a number of weeks now, and I wanted to get Dave an opportunity to play,” Fisher said.
Ball’s ability to slide inside helped, given that defensive tackle Jason Jones is injured.
It’s possible that the Titans are going to try to trade Kearse prior to the October 20 deadline to a contender that needs help in the pass rush.