Chris Johnson ran for a touchdown, Vince Young outdueled Matt Leinart yet again and Tennessee beat the Arizona Cardinals, 24-10, Monday night in the Titans' exhibition home opener.
The Titans (1-1) never trailed as Johnson scored on his sixth carry, an 8-yard TD that capped an 85-yard drive. The All-Pro running back watched from the bench the rest of the night.
Young once again got the better of Leinart, who is trying to hold off Derek Anderson for the starting job in Arizona. Young was 9-for-13 for 128 yards and left after four series with a 10-0 lead.
Leinart was 4-for-6 for 28 yards but produced no points for a second consecutive exhibition game.
Young and Leinart dueled when they were at Texas and USC, respectively, in the 2005-06 BCS title game.
PITOITUA ON IR
The New York Jets placed backup defensive end Ropati Pitoitua on injured reserve, ending his season because of a torn left Achilles’ tendon.
Pitoitua, in his third season with the Jets, was injured during the first half of New York’s 9-3 preseason victory at Carolina on Saturday night.
Pitoitua, who starred at Clover Park High and Washington State University, had six tackles in eight games last season after spending 2008 on the Jets’ practice squad.
Rookie Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick, will start at quarterback for the Rams against the Patriots on Thursday because veteran A.J. Feeley has an injured thumb. … Redskins starting free safety Kareem Moore had arthroscopic surgery on his sprained right knee and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. Fullback Mike Sellers, a North Thurston graduate who has a minor sprain in his left knee, did not practice. … Veteran quarterback Todd Collins signed a one-year contract with the Bears. … Titans backup quarterback Chris Simms has an Oct. 7 trial date for his New York City drugged-driving case after his arrest July 1. Police say he admitted smoking marijuana in his car; he said they misquoted him. … The Browns plan to commemorate some of their greatest players with a ring of honor inside Browns Stadium. The initial players honored will be the 16 Browns enshrined in the Hall of Fame. … The Falcons traded guard Quinn Ojinnaka, who is suspended without pay for the season opener for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, to the Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick. …
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has a 3-inch cut on the left side of his forehead, said he plans to play Saturday against the Ravens. … All-Pro center Nick Mangold and the Jets are close on a contract extension. It would make the two-time Pro Bowl selection one of the highest-paid players at his position. … Redskins coach Mike Shanahan met with Albert Haynesworth and kept the conversation to himself, saying it’s “completely ridiculous” to keep talking about it publicly. The disgruntled nose tackle has been at odds with Shanahan over his conditioning. … Saints running back P.J. Hill is expected to be placed on injured reserve with a partial triceps tear that will sideline him for the season. … Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens went to a knee specialist to determine whether he would need arthroscopic surgery. … Patriots QB Tom Brady said he’s not a fan of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” which follows the division rival Jets during training camp. “Honestly, I haven’t turned it on,” he said on a radio show. “I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show.” Replied Jets coach Rex Ryan, “It’s great. Hey, join the club.” … Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin didn’t collapse Thursday as a direct result of a migraine headache, athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said. … Giants cornerback Aaron Ross probably is going to be sidelined this week with inflammation in his right foot. … A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of Kurt William Havelock, an Arizona man accused of planning to kill people at the 2008 Super Bowl. ... The Vikings reportedly are closing in on a deal with former Green Bay receiver Javon Walker after Walker worked out for the team Friday. ... Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant ran and cut Monday for the first time since hurting his ankle, but the Dallas coaches said he won’t play Saturday.