Roster moves restore most of Titans' offensive options

The Tennessee Titans might not need their entire offensive playbook Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

A few personnel moves Tuesday at least gave them the opportunity to get deep into it.

Tennessee signed fullback Quinn Johnson and veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe to offset injuries that limited their options last Sunday at Indianapolis.

Tennessee started that game with just two tight ends because Craig Stevens was out with a concussion. Then Delanie Walker sustained his own concussion early in the contest and fullback Collin Mooney went out later with a knee injury. That left just Taylor Thompson as their only player at either position and forced them to rely on tackle Mike Otto as a second tight end in certain situations.

“You go into a game knowing the one thing that can’t happen is you lose a tight end, and it happened the first 10 plays,” coach Mike Munchak said. “That was hard. I thought [offensive coordinator] Dowell [Loggains] did a good job of working our way through that.”

Johnson certainly knows the Titans’ playbook. He appeared in all 16 games for them last season and four others in 2011, which accounts for half of his 40 career appearances. He was injured during training camp this summer, placed on injured reserve a day before the opener and eventually his contract was terminated with an injury settlement.

Shiancoe is a veteran of 148 NFL games with three teams, most recently New England. Prior to that he was a five-starter with Minnesota. He has 243 career receptions, 208 of them with the Vikings.

To make room for those two and to accommodate safety Michael Griffin’s return from a one-game suspension, the Titans placed Mooney on injured reserve and waived linebacker Zac Diles and safety Shann Schillenger.