For the second straight day, the Tennessee Titans have lost a key member of their receiving corps for their Sunday playoff game at San Diego.
Starting wide receiver Roydell Williams will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle, the team announced Thursday.
Williams sustained the injury in Wednesday's practice and was scheduled for surgery Thursday. At the time of the injury, the Titans did not know its severity, but X-rays revealed the fracture.
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.
"There's no damage to the ligaments, no damage to the tendons.
It was peculiar in that he cracked it, a significant crack at the
base of the tibia. It's going to require a plate and screws to be
repaired," Fisher said.
The Titans on Wednesday placed tight end Bo Scaife, who was third on the team in receptions (46) and was a favorite short- to intermediate-range target for quarterback Vince Young, on injured reserve. Scaife suffered a lacerated liver in last Sunday night's season finale at Indianapolis.
"It's a challenge," Fisher said. "We have
a number of starters we started the season with that are out. You
just move on. You have younger players that have to step up and
take advantage of the opportunity."
Young practiced Thursday but split the work with backup Kerry Collins. Center Kevin Mawae, who has missed the past two games with an injured left calf, and right guard Benji Olson (back) sat out practice.
Running back LenDale White missed practice for a second straight day but was excused for personal reasons. Fisher said he expects White to practice before Sunday's wild-card game.
Williams, 26, tied with fellow wide receiver Justin Gage for the team lead in receptions in 2007, with 55 catches. He had 719 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
The three-year veteran entered the 2007 season with only 29 career catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns.
A former Tulane standout, Williams was a fourth-round choice in the 2005 draft.
Veteran Eric Moulds called the injuries opportunities for others.
"I mean, you can't replace Roydell. You can't replace Bo. But you can have guys step in and get an opportunity to make plays. Everybody knows the offense now. Everybody knows what to do. We've just got to go out there and do it," Moulds said.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.