Kevin Walter unlikely to help anytime soon

November, 1, 2013
11/01/13
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Kevin Walter is going to help the Tennessee Titans, it’s going to be near the very end of the season.

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Walter’s been on the physically unable to perform list since before camp, following offseason back surgery.

I spoke to him Thursday and he said he’d recently had a setback featuring two weeks of back spasms. Now he’s back on the road to recovery, but has to strengthen a left leg that has suffered as a result of nerve issues.

The Titans signed Walter when they beefed up their receiving corps during the offseason. He can get open on short, underneath stuff and find space against zones.

But even with Kenny Britt producing nothing and playing little, the team isn’t currently in need at receiver.

PUP guys can be activated by their team for a three-week practice window starting after Week 6 up until right after Week 11. During that time they don’t count against the 53-man roster.

The end date for the Titans with Walter would be Nov. 18, the Monday following their game on Thursday night against Indianapolis.

He would then have three weeks to practice. During that time, or at the end of it, the team can activate him but would have to create a roster spot. Or he could stay on PUP or be put on IR.

If Walter is fit to practice on Nov. 18, he could conceivably be ready to be on the roster for the final three games of the regular season.

While the Titans have no need for him now, an injury could leave them in position where they need someone, and he’s better than what they’d find on the street.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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