Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan, right, reaches for a tipped pass intended for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker during the first quarter of an NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Coach Mike Munchak is hoping the Titans soon work out a deal with Chris Johnson so the running back can get back to work and bolster a running game that is showing early promise.
Munchak said Sunday that it's getting important for Tennessee to get a deal to end Johnson's holdout because the Titans open the season in three weeks in Jacksonville. The Titans rolled up 198 yards rushing in a 17-16 loss at St. Louis on Saturday night. Rookie Jamie Harper ran for 83 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown, and Stafon Johnson ran for 68 yards.
But Munchak believes Johnson would have scored running through the big holes opened by the offensive line as Tennessee works to emphasize the run game.
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