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Titans' Starks misses game after arrest for assault

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.