NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee receiver Tyrone Calico will
miss at least two to three weeks with torn cartilage in his left
knee -- another big loss for the Titans' receiving corps.
Calico missed the first three games after tearing cartilage in
the same knee in the preseason. He played in Sunday's 38-17 loss at
San Diego, but was hurt again when he tried to make a cut.
Coach Jeff Fisher had been optimistic that Calico might practice
this week until results from an MRI late Monday night showed torn
cartilage in the knee. Fisher said Tuesday the Titans will send the
second-year receiver for another doctor's opinion -- and that Calico
could be out eight to 10 weeks or more if there's additional
"We're obviously very disappointed," Fisher said. "The first
thing you do is say, 'Did we bring him back too soon?' No, we
didn't. It's a situation that would've happened in our medical
opinion a month from now, six months from now. Ty was fit to play.
It was just an unusual situation."
Calico originally was injured Aug. 30 in an exhibition with
Dallas when he was thrown down by Cowboys safety Roy Williams on
the sideline. The 6-foot-4, 222-pound Calico sprained both knees
and needed surgery to repair the torn cartilage in his left one.
Pro Bowl receiver Derrick Mason said Calico was frustrated
because he wants to play.
"It's just a setback, and hopefully, the setback is not a long
setback," Mason said. "Hopefully, he'll be back out in a couple
weeks or so."
The Titans now have just four healthy receivers on the roster,
and Fisher said they will try to bring someone in. They worked out
Kevin Dyson, who spent five years with the Titans before leaving as
a free agent in 2003, during the first week of the season.
Jake Schifino, who led the Titans in kick returns last season
and came into this one with a chance to fill in for Calico as the
No. 3 receiver, was released by Tennessee on Tuesday.
Schifino, who had his left hamstring reattached in 2002, had
played in only one game this season. He was ordered off the field
to check with trainers last Friday during practice and was
deactivated against the Chargers.