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Titans designate WR Kyle Philips to return, clear roster space for OT Nicholas Petit-Frere

Tennessee Titans general manager made a slew of transactions on Monday afternoon

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The Tennessee Titans made an abundance of roster moves on Monday afternoon, the team confirmed via social media. They designated wide receiver Kyle Philips to return from IR. It activates a three-week window for Philips to practice without being officially activated. Until he’s activated, he won’t count towards the Titans 53-man roster. Although other moves indicate Philips could return Sunday.

Mason Kinsey was released. It’s harsh on Kinsey, who did excellent as a punt returner. Kinsey returned three punts for 37 yards, with an average of 12.3 yards per return, and a long gain of 21. With Kearis Jackson still on IR, Philips could replace Kinsey as the punt returner. Another option could see Kinsey re-signed to the practice squad. Kinsey could then be a standard game-day elevation to be the punt returner.

Offensive linemen Xavier Newman-Johnson was also released from the 53-man roster. Newman-Johnson earned the start at LG in Week 2 in place of an injured Peter Skoronski, but was yanked from the lineup after two series’ and replaced by Dillon Radunz. I’d anticipate Newman-Johnson being re-signed to the practice squad.

Newman-Johnson’s release should clear way for Nicholas Petit-Frere to officially be re-added to the 53-man roster. The league recently reduced Petit-Frere’s suspension from six games to four as they continue to make changes to their gambling policy. Petit-Frere will practice with the Titans later this week. Whether or not he reclaims his starting job remains to be seen.