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Titans place two defensive starters on IR in Fulton, Peko

Kristian Fulton Tennessee Titans Kristian Fulton - The Canadian Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans placed a pair of defensive starters on injured reserve Wednesday in cornerback Kristian Fulton and lineman Kyle Peko.

Fulton hurt his hamstring late in an overtime loss Dec. 3 against Indianapolis. He started 11 of 13 games this season for the Titans (5-8) and 37 of his 42 games played since being a second-round draft pick out of LSU in 2020. Fulton has four career interceptions and ranked ninth in tackles for Tennessee this season.

He will be a free agent after this season.

Coach Mike Vrabel called the injuries unfortunate.

“I know he’s disappointed, and we’re disappointed for him, just like Peko,” Vrabel said. "I mean, these guys put a lot into it, and they play hard.”

Peko started 10 of his 13 games before hurting a calf in Monday night's 28-27 win at Miami.

The Titans filled their roster spots by signing a pair of defensive linemen, taking Quinton Bohanna off Detroit's practice squad and Keondre Coburn off Kansas City's practice squad. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons is expected to miss Sunday's game with Houston (7-6).