Calico tears same knee
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 damage.
"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.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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