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Titans TE Troupe to have foot surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 26, 2005) -- Titans tight end Ben Troupe will have surgery on his left foot after an orthopedist determined he had damage that need to be repaired.

Dr. Robert Anderson examined Troupe in Charlotte, N.C., and said the second-year player had an injury to his fifth metatarsal bone. Troupe is expected to be ready for the start of the season in September.

"The timetable is up in the air," coach Jeff Fisher said. "But ... he's not going to miss any time during the regular season."

Troupe was third in receptions for the Titans in his rookie season with 33 catches for 329 yards, and he is one of only two veteran tight ends on the roster.

The Titans have developed a relationship in recent years with Anderson, the team orthopedist for the Carolina Panthers. The doctor performed similar operations on defensive ends Jevon Kearse (2002) and Bo Schobel (2004).

Anderson also has performed specialized procedures on cornerback Andre Woolfolk and former running Eddie George.

Because Troupe will be out for an extended period, the Titans must make some personnel moves. Currently, there are only three healthy tight ends on the team.

"We're going to need to get some help at the June camp," Fisher said of six workouts between June 14 and 23. "Then going into training camp, we're definitely going to need some help."

The Associated Press News Service

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