Titans sign Hog alum Malcolm Sheppard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans have placed

starting center Eugene Amano on injured reserve because of a neck


The Titans made the move Tuesday when players returned from a

weekend off. Amano moved from left guard to center this season, and

he had started all 13 games for an offense ranked 28th in total

yards and 14th in rushing offense.

The move likely means Fernando Velasco will replace Amano the

rest of the season. Velasco started at Dallas at left guard but

moved over to center in that game when Amano got hurt.

The Titans also signed defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard from

the Texans' practice squad. Sheppard played for Houston in one game

this season. He had 9½ sacks in 38 starts in college at Arkansas.