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Updated: December 23, 2003, 2:21 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Payne
Payne
Houston Texans: DT Seth Payne's season ended in Week 2 after he tore his ACL, and it was expected that he'd be able to fully participate in the team's training camp in 2004. But an infection has put those plans in jeopardy. The Houston Chronicle reports doctors must perform a second procedure on the knee at some point next month. As a result, Payne is expected to be a limited participant, at best, during the 2004 training camp and likely will miss all but the final game of the preseason. Coach Dom Capers doean't expect Payne to be available for the team's offseason minicamps but said the seven-year veteran's familiarity with the system would help offset his missing that part of the offseason program.

Tennessee Titans: If you live in the Nashville area and have a pulse, there is a chance that you could be contacted to practice with the Titans receivers this week. Five of the Titans' seven wideouts are injured and that could affect how the team will practice leading up to Sunday's critical game against Tampa Bay. WR Darrell Hill (knee), Eddie Berlin (concussion), Tyrone Calico (knee) and Jake Schifino (knee) went into last Sunday's game injured and Derrick Mason suffered a small fracture in one of his ribs against the Texans. Coach Jeff Fisher said Mason can probably still play against the Buccaneers, although he may not practice much this week. ''We're just going to, as a whole this week, eliminate some reps,'' Fisher told the Nashville Tennessean. ''But I think we're at the point with the veteran players we have, and players understanding what we're doing, we can afford to give up a few practice reps.''


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