Titans' Starks misses game after arrest for assault

Updated: August 13, 2006, 12:44 AM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee defensive tackle Randy Starks missed the Titans' exhibition opener Saturday night after turning himself in following a charge that he assaulted his fiancee.

Starks had been slated to start against New Orleans, but Titans coach Jeff Fisher said after the 19-16 loss that he had dismissed the two-year veteran from the game.

"I told Randy there was no place for him here as far as being a part of the team tonight. What follows is a legal issue. Anything is between him and the club. I just felt it was best he did not participate with his teammates," Fisher said.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for Metro Nashville Police, didn't immediately answer messages left by The Associated Press on Saturday night.

WTVF-TV in Nashville reported that Starks turned himself into police about 90 minutes before kickoff after being charged with beating his 25-year-old fiancee at their home earlier in the day. The station cited a police report that said the woman lost some fingernails in the scuffle and had her head banged against a wall.

Starks was released after posting a $2,000 bond. He turns 23 in December and is the youngest of the returning Titans. He has played in 32 games, including 24 starts.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press