Bates signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Titans on Friday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Bates played in all 16 games last season for the Raiders, becoming a staple of the special-teams unit in the process. Titans general manager Jon Robinson said of the newly acquired linebacker: "Bates is another fast, violent player in the kicking game. I like his intensity, like his instincts and his reckless abandon to throw himself in there to make a play." He recorded 12 tackles last year (eight solo).
Bates recorded one tackle during Oakland's 35-34 win over New Orleans on Sunday. Bates functioned primarily as a special teams asset Sunday where he saw 28 snaps. It appears that the leg injury Bates suffered a few weeks back is no longer an issue.
Rams linebacker Daren Bates suffered an apparent knee injury in Friday's preseason game. "Daren is sore," coach Jeff Fisher said after the game, per ESPN. Bates was on crutches after the game and will have an MRI on Saturday.
Several Rams who were on the injury report are active for Sunday's game at San Diego. The list includes tight end Cory Harkey (quadriceps), linebacker Daren Bates (groin), linebacker Will Herring (foot), linebacker James Laurinaitis (foot) and linebacker Jake McQuaide (back).
Six Rams have been deemed questionable or probable for the Sunday game against the host Chargers. The questionables are tight ends Jared Cook (back) and Cory Harkey (quad) and long snapper Jake McQuaide (back). The probables are linebackers James Laurinaitis (foot), Daren Bates (groin) and Will Herring (foot).
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