Titans optimistic on Haynesworth and Vanden Bosch

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>The Titans won 13 games this season largely because of their ability to harass the passer with their front four. While they did well without their two best linemen in a win over Pittsburgh, their chances against the Ravens on Saturday would increase greatly with the return of tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and end <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=2582" shape="rect" target="_new">Kyle Vanden Bosch</a> (lower abdomen) who composed the starting right side of the line.</p> <p>"We said we expect them to practice this week and I haven't moved off of that course," coach Jeff Fisher said. "I fully expect both of them to be on the practice field, they are doing well."</p> <p>The Titans had what Fisher called a "brief session" indoors Monday and will have full practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.</p> <p>Tennessee had to shave its roster after a week-long exemption for <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8630" shape="rect" target="_new">Kevin Vickerson</a>.</p> <p>The defensive tackle was reinstated by the NFL last week after a four-week suspension for a violation of the league's policy against steroids and related substances.</p> <p>His replacement, <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=5686" shape="rect" target="_new">Amon Gordon</a>, was let go. League rules dictate that the Titans will not be able to bring back Gordon during the playoffs.</p> <p>Though Fisher indicated it would be a stretch to read into it, I think the Titans would have made a move in another area and gone heavy on the interior defensive line if they were uncertain about Haynesworth.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Fisher said center <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=602" shape="rect" target="_new">Kevin Mawae</a>, who suffered a left elbow injury in the Week 16 win over Pittsburgh, is day-to-day but that backup <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10559" shape="rect" target="_new">Leroy Harris</a> "is equipped to play and play well if Kevin can't play."</p>

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