The Tennessee Titans are changing their game plan at the running back position. On Tuesday, the Titans announced that they had released veteran running back Adrian Peterson. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports that Peterson could return to the Titans.
Earlier in the day, Tennessee signed running back Dontrell Hilliard to the active roster after he recorded 82 yards from scrimmage in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans. Peterson, who is currently fifth on the all-time rushing list with 14,902 yards, played in just three games for the Titans. In all, he rushed 27 times for 82 yards and one touchdown. Peterson scored his lone touchdown with the Titans in his first game of the season against the Los Angeles Rams back in Week 9, and had what was probably his best outing for Tennessee this past Sunday, rushing nine times for 40 yards.
Peterson was signed Nov. 1 after star running back Derrick Henry went down with a potentially season-ending foot injury. He was not the only back Tennessee brought into the fold, as the Titans also brought back a familiar face in D’Onta Foreman. He’s been just as big a part of the run game over the past few weeks, as he has rushed a total of 23 times for 84 yards. Receiving back Jeremy McNichols has taken a few carries as well.
After suffering their first loss in seven weeks, the Titans are clearly trying to shake things up to formulate a game plan they think will propel them back into the win column when they visit the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Titans made a total of 13 roster moves Tuesday, including signing veteran wide receiver Golden Tate to the practice squad.