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No Finnegan Spreads Titans' Challenge vs Johnson

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Cortland Finnegan no longer patrols the secondary for Tennessee, gone for a bigger paycheck in St. Louis. That leaves the current Titans looking forward to the chance of facing -- and trying to slow -- Houston's Andre Johnson.

And everyone likely will get a chance at defending the 6-foot-3 receiver.

Cornerback Alterraun Verner says the danger is focusing too much on Johnson and ignoring Houston's run game Sunday. Verner wrested a ball away from Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew last week and ran it back for his first career touchdown.

The Titans (1-2) are near the bottom in many defensive categories. Johnson, who once slugged away at Finnegan in a game, says that won't count because both teams know each other very well as AFC South rivals.

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