Titans place tight end on injured reserve with broken ankle
November 23, 2006 8:02pm CST
The Tennessee Titans placed tight end Ben Troupe on injured reserve Wednesday with a broken right ankle, leaving the team without two of its top tight ends. The Titans placed veteran Erron Kinney on injured reserve on Oct. 13 after he needed further knee surgery. Troupe broke his right ankle on a touchdown catch in Sunday's 31-13 victory at Philadelphia and continued playing until swelling forced him to the bench. Tennessee had sought a second opinion before confirming the injury Tuesday. Team officials replaced Troupe on the roster by promoting defensive end Sean Conover from the practice squad. Troupe's spot in the offense likely will be filled by Ben Hartsock, claimed off waivers from Indianapolis on Oct. 25. Hartsock practiced with the team for the first time a week ago. "He's been here," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Despite the fact that he hasn't been on the practice field, he has been in the meetings and has been paying attention, so he's very comfortable with the system and what we're doing." Troupe caught a career-high 55 passes last season, but had only 13 this season. Hartsock has a total of six receptions in three seasons, all with the Colts in 2004 and 2005.