Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) tackles Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) on a fumble return last Sunday. Hasselbeck was fined by the NFL for a horse-collar tackle. - GEORGE WALKER IV / THE TENNESSEAN
By Jim Wyatt and John Glennon
| The Tennessean
Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has a photo showing him tackling Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden.
He hopes it will prove to the NFL that he didn't tackle Hayden illegally.
"Here's Exhibit A," Hasselbeck said on Wednesday.
league fined the veteran quarterback $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle
during last Sunday's game. Hasselbeck said he is appealing the fine.
Hayden was returning a fumble when Hasselbeck took him down at the 4-yard line. The Bears were leading 44-12 on the way to a 51-20 victory.
funny to other people, not funny to me," Hasselbeck said. "We have
rules in place and obviously I was trying to play within the rules, I
wasn't trying to hurt anybody or anything like that.
"I have been
getting a lot of jokes today. Everyone likes to make jokes. We'll see.
The guy who got tackled probably didn't even notice. There was nothing
violent about the hit."
The photo might get Hasselbeck off the
hook. It shows his hands clutching the top of Hayden's uniform, not
inside the neck of his shoulder pads.
C.J. surging: The Dolphins
haven't given up 100 yards to a running back in 22 games, but that might
be the kind of challenge Chris Johnson is seeking going into Sunday's
Johnson rushed for 141 yards against the Bears
last week, becoming the first back in 19 games to surpass 100 against
Chicago. He gained 80 of those yards on a TD when the Titans were
He also rushed for 141 yards against the Texans on
Sept. 30, making him the only back to surpass 100 against Houston in 18
The Dolphins are ranked third against the run, allowing
83.9 yards per game. The Bears were ranked first going into last
"We played Pittsburgh when they were in the top two
or three and then last weekend Chicago was pretty darn good," coach
Mike Munchak said. "We did a pretty solid job running the ball in those
Johnson rushed for 91 yards against the Steelers.
in booth: Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray worked from the coaching
booth last Sunday and is expected to stay there the rest of the season,
"We'd talked about it, and he came in last week and
said he thought it would be a good idea to see how it looks from up
top," Munchak said. "I think things ran smoothly. ... It allows Jerry to
see things quicker. There's no dramatic reason why we did it, it was
just trying something different."
Assistant secondary coach Steve
Brown moved from the booth to the field. Linebackers coach Frank Bush
called in plays from the sideline.
Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer has been in the booth since the Oct. 11 game against the Steelers.
sits: Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy, who hasn't been 100 percent
since suffering a high-ankle sprain in the season opener, did not
practice on Wednesday.
In past weeks, he practiced on Wednesday
and Friday then rested on Thursday. The Titans changed the schedule in
hopes of helping him heal a little faster. He has missed four games
The Titans practiced on their indoor field at Baptist Sports Park.
thought we'd rest him today, especially being inside on this turf,"
Munchak said. "We're trying to find different ways to help him get
healthy ... so you'll see us try different combinations."
turned Dolphin: Former Titans defensive tackle Randy Starks is a big
contributor for the Dolphins, who have given up the sixth-fewest points
in the NFL.
Starks has 18 tackles, 3.5 sacks, an interception and five passes defensed.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder spent 2004-07 with the Titans before signing with the Dolphins.
"He's still moving well," Munchak said. "We'll see a lot of him. Containing him is going to be a big key."
injuries: Safety Al Afalava (ankle) and linebacker Xavier Adibi (knee)
did not practice. Linebacker Patrick Bailey (ribs) and cornerback Tommie
Campbell (ankle) were limited.