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Receiver to have surgery Thursday, may need ACL repaired

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Titans receiver Tyrone Calico will have surgery Thursday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and might need to have his anterior cruciate ligament fixed as well.

"That being the case, we'll lose him for the year," coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday.

Calico has played in one game this season. He missed the first three games after spraining both knees and tearing cartilage in his left knee Aug. 30 in a preseason game at Dallas. Fisher said the team doctor noticed fraying on the ACL when he repaired the cartilage then.

But Calico's knee appeared stable enough that he played in Tennessee's 38-17 loss at San Diego on Oct. 3 only to fall down after trying to make a cut in the flat. He has two catches for 13 yards, far short of the offensive output the Titans expected from him this season.

Fisher said Calico originally injured his knee in high school and never regained full extension. Having Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., repair all the damage would be in the best interest of Calico's career, Fisher said.

Even if Andrews only repairs the medial meniscus, Calico still would be out up to 10 weeks. The Titans have 12 weeks left in the regular season.

"We're looking at the big picture and what's good for him," Fisher said.

Right guard Benji Olson had an MRI exam Tuesday on his groin. Fisher called the injury severe after Monday night's 48-27 victory at Green Bay, but Olson was able to walk around Tuesday and Fisher said he wouldn't rule the lineman out for Sunday's game with Houston.

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