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Tennessee Titans injuries could play huge role in game vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced some huge injuries on the defensive side of the football. On Monday Night Football, they will be going up against another injury-prone squad in the Tennessee Titans.

Rob Carr

As the Pittsburgh Steelers deploy a defense on Monday Night Football that's without four starters, the Tennessee Titans have their own injury list that will surely make an impact on the game.

As of Thursday, some key Titans' players either were limited or held out of practice and their availability will ultimately impact the upcoming game.

The most important injury the Titans are facing is the one to tight end Delanie Walker, who suffered a concussion last week against the Baltimore Ravens and hasn't cleared the appropriate protocol to return to the playing field. Walker has missed practice all week, which isn't good for his availability against a Steelers' defense that has been susceptible to athletic tight ends this season.

Another injury of note for the Titans would be a knee injury to the versatile running back Dexter McCluster that kept him out of practice early this week and limited him on Thursday and Friday. The New York Jets deployed Percy Harvin in a variety of situations and gave the Steelers' defense fits last Sunday. If McCluster is available, expect the Titans to follow suit.

Other than Walker and McCluster, Leon Washington has been limited in practice with a hamstring injury. The deadly return man/running back very well could be a factor against a special teams unit that has had some mental lapses this season.

Not quite as notably, starting nose tackle Sammie Hill (hamstring) and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back) were limited in practice on Friday and will continue to be evaluated before the final status reports are released on Saturday.

When the Steelers and Titans play Monday night, it will be a battle of two battered teams. Depth at key positions will be challenged and ultimately could decide the winner of this prime-time game.

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