The Titans have claimed free agent linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi off waivers and released safety Bernard Pollard, the team announced Tuesday.
Massaquoi totaled 22 tackles and two sacks in 15 games for the Falcons in 2014. Pollard was expected to be cut by the team after requesting his release earlier in the week. He suffered an Achilles tear in October, limiting him to just five games in 2014.
The Titans will release veteran safety Bernard Pollard, according to a report from The Tennessean.
Pollard had previously requested for the Titans to release him. He's coming off a season that ended prematurely due to an Achilles tear in early October. He was slated to earn $3.5 million with the Titans this year if he stayed on.
In the five games he appeared in during the 2014 season, Pollard recorded 27 tackles and one sack.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed a request made by safety Bernard Pollard to be released, saying that there's "no decision to be made" while the safety recovers from Achillies surgery, The Tennessean reports.
"Those are the kinds of things that go on this time of year, so that is not uncommon,'' Whisenhunt said of Pollard's request. "He's not healthy right now, so there is no decision to be made."
Pollard has been rehabbing away from the team's facility in recent weeks, according to the report. He's scheduled to make $3.1 million in 2015 in the final year of his two-year deal. The Titans would save $3.2 million in cap space by releasing the safety.
Titans safety Bernard Pollard has requested a release from his contract, The Tennessean reports. He is scheduled to make $3.1 million in the final season of his two-year deal in 2015.
Pollard submitted his request to general manager Ruston Webster at the end of the regular season, per the report. He is recovering from a ruptured Achilles and wants to play in 2015, but said on The Tennessean's Bernard Pollard Show earlier this month that he was unsure of his future with the Titans.
"I am not getting any younger, so I want to win, I really do. I want to win,'' Pollard said. "Looking at how things took place this year, looking at where (the Titans) need to be for next year, that is a tough, tough question, and I don't even know if they can give me the answer. I have one year on my deal, but it is going to take some time."
Pollard has been out of his walking boot for a month and is making progress in rehab. He suffered his Achilles injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve.
The Titans have sent out an open invitation for injured safety Bernard Pollard to rejoin team activities. Pollard suffered a season-ending torn Achilles Week 5 vs. Cleveland. According to defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Pollard has not been a presence in meeting room and road trips, per the Tennessean.
"He's still in his (walking) boot, so I'm sure he feels like he can't get around," Horton said. "And then when guys get hurt, you (go from) all the camaraderie and joking, and all of a sudden, you're not in the inner circle anymore. It is tough on an athlete to miss that kind of time."
Titans safety Bernard Pollard was given a 6-8 month timetable for his recovery after undergoing surgery in early October for a ruptured Achilles. Though, Pollard expects a shorter timetable, per The Tennessean.
"Like I've told them, it's not going to take me six-to-eight. It's really not," Pollard said Tuesday. "More like two-to-three (months) … I want to be back. I want to be smart about coming back as well. I throw numbers out there or whatever, but it's going to be quick."
The Titans placed safety Bernard Pollard (Achilles) on injured reserve, ending his season, and signed cornerback Brandon Ghee. George Wilson will replace Pollard in the starting lineup, per Pro Football Talk.
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Monday safety Bernard Pollard will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles Week 5 vs. Cleveland. Pollard finishes the season with 27 tackles (22 solo), one sack and one pass defense.
Titans strong safety Bernard Pollard sustained what Ken Whisenhunt speculated could be an Achilles injury Sunday that had him on crutches in the locker room after the game, per The Tennessean, which is reprting that he could barely walk.
Safety Bernard Pollard tweeted that he re-signed with the Titans for two years. He had 99 tackles and three interceptions last season.
Titans defensive back Bernard Pollard, defensive back Alterraun Verner, linebacker Zach Brown and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, who are normally among the team's top defensive performers, contributed little statistically Week 16 at Jacksonville.
Pollard had five tackles, all solo. Verner had three tackles, all solo. Brown had four tackles, all solo. Casey didn't record a single tackle.
Of the four, Pollard is the most consistent tackler, averaging 6.2 in 15 games. The others are dependent on either interceptions or sacks for their production.
An illness will not keep Titans safety Bernard Pollard off the field in Week 13 against the Colts. He has been cleared to play after having been designated as probable.
The Titans are fairly healthy as they prepare for their game Sunday at Indianapolis. Defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (back) and offensive tackle David Stewart (shoulder) are the only starters designated as questionable or worse.
Tight end Craig Stevens (concussion) and wideout Damian Williams (hip) are out. The probables are safety Bernard Pollard (illness), wide receiver Kendall Wright (ankle) and center Brian Schwenke (ankle).
Titans defensive back Bernard Pollard had a decent game Sunday, in a 28-21 win over the Rams. Pollard racked up six tackles -- all solo -- and had a pass defended in the win.
The Titans have listed the following players active for Week 7 against the 49ers despite dealing with injuries: running back Jackie Battle (neck), defensive lineman Lavar Edwards (shoulder), running back Shonn Greene (knee), defensive lineman Sammie Lee Hill (ankle), defensive back Bernard Pollard (ankle) and defensive back Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring).
Three Titans defensive players are expected to play through injuries without issue in Week 7 against the 49ers, based on Friday's injury report. Defensive backs Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring) and Bernard Pollard (ankle), as well as defensive lineman Sammie Lee Hill (ankle) were all able to practice in full Friday and are probable for Sunday's game.
Titans defensive back Bernard Pollard intercepted quarterback Alex Smith in the third quarter Week 5 against the Chiefs. It was his second pick of the year. He also tied for the team lead in tackles with seven, including six solo.
Pollard has no fewer than six tackles in any of his five games this season. He's averaging 7.2 per game.
The Titans defense shut out the Chargers in the fourth quarter Sunday, allowing the offense to stage a 20-17 comeback win. While the defensive unit played well as a team, there weren't a lot of standout statistical performers for the Titans Week 3.
Safety Michael Griffin had a team-high nine tackles (seven solo). Linebacker Moise Fokou also had seven solo tackles and finished with eight tackles. Safety Bernard Pollard had six tackles (four solo).
Cornerback Alterraun Verner managed four solo tackles, one pass defense and one fumble recovery, while linebacker Zach Brown had his worst game of the season, finishing with one solo tackle.
Defensive tackle Antonio Johnson and linebacker Akeem Ayers each had a a sack. Johnson finished with three tackles (two solo), while Ayers had just the lone tackle.
Titans safety Bernard Pollard posted on Twitter Wednesday he was fined $42,000 for his hit on wide receiver Andre Johnson Week 2 at Houston. Johnson left the game with a concussion after Pollard hit him late in the fourth quarter.
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Pollard has 15 tackles (13 solo) and one interception through two games.