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Titans WR Givens lost for season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 13, 2006) -- Tennessee receiver David Givens tore a left knee ligament on a freak play Nov. 12 when he planted his leg and will miss the rest of this season.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Givens tore the anterior cruciate ligament.

Givens had to be carted off the field after being hurt on the Titans' second play of the fourth quarter of a 27-26 loss to Baltimore. Travis Henry ran for 7 yards off right tackle, and Givens had stopped and planted his left leg to start blocking when he went down.

Fisher said Givens will have surgery once the swelling eases.

"He just came off the thumb injury, worked very hard, and now we've lost him for the season," Fisher said.

Givens signed a five-year contract in March. He had an ankle injury in minicamps, a virus, then a hamstring injury. He broke his left thumb Oct. 1 and tore a tendon that needed a pin inserted.

He had only eight catches for 104 yards this season.

Cornerback Reynaldo Hill and defensive tackle Robaire Smith each sprained ankles. Defensive end Travis LaBoy had a concussion that will be monitored this week.

The Associated Press News Service

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