Archive for Sunday, July 30, 2000

Reserves make most of Super Bowl rematch

July 30, 2000

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— Super Bowl 341/2 didn't quite live up to the billing, though the training camp scrimmage between St. Louis and Tennessee Saturday drew a sellout crowd of 15,000.

It was pretty much a day for backups like Justin Watson of the Rams, who ran for 97 yards on 12 carries, although the fans didn't seem to mind.

The scrimmage was light on star power. The Titans played it safe and held out Eddie George and Jevon Kearse, who has a thigh bruise. The Rams sat Marshall Faulk, who is healthy, and allowed Isaac Bruce only a couple of plays.

The Rams, who beat the Titans 23-16 in the Super Bowl Jan. 30, got the only two touchdowns aside from red zone work. But neither team was concerned about keeping score.

The atmosphere was so low-key that Titans backup punter Tony Umholtz punted for the Rams due to an injury to Rick Tuten. Coach Mike Martz said Tuten was sore from overkicking in practice on Friday.

The only casualty was Titans running back Demario Brown, who suffered a possible ruptured Achilles tendon, which would knock him out for the season. Brown led the Titans with 34 yards on five carries.

Martz was more interested in seeing second-stringer Trent Green, who missed all last season with a knee injury, than MVP Kurt Warner at quarterback. Green was 3-for-9 for 32 yards, but showed better mobility than he has on the practice field, while Warner was 3-for-4 for 28 yards.

Steve McNair was 2-for-5 for 28 yards and Neil O'Donnell was 2-for-6 for 28 yards for the Titans, who didn't score any touchdowns in the main portion of the scrimmage.

The teams meet Aug. 14 in Nashville in the second preseason game.

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