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NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jack Tatum Jersey . - Titans linebacker Avery Williamson had a big game against a quarterback hes been watching for years, sacking Ben Roethlisberger not once, but twice.Now the rookie is working to make sure ego doesnt take his attention off the job at hand.Im happy with the way Ive been playing, Williamson said. Some plays I left on the field, but its never going to be a perfect game. Just got to continue forward and progress each week. Im definitely excited about my future, and I feel like its going to keep getting better.So do the Titans with Williamson looking to be a steal as a fifth-round draft pick out of Kentucky. His success has been a bit overshadowed with three other rookies starting on offence.The linebacker from Milan, Tennessee, grew up a fan of the Titans, and he has played in every game this season. Williamson now has started the last six games, and he already ranks third on the team with 70 tackles. He easily is in position to top Alterraun Verners 103 tackles in 2010 for most tackles by a rookie since 1999.Williamson also is tied for second with three sacks, and he has six quarterback pressures along with seven tackles for loss.Hes getting better and better every week, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. I think his recognition of what hes seen on the other side of the ball, hes got a lot confidence in how hes playing. He doesnt make a lot of mistakes, which is unusual for a young player like that. Hes grown up quickly. Its been a great asset to have him, especially after Zach got hurt earlier this year.The Titans lost Zach Brown a few plays into the season and tried to replace him with Zaviar Gooden. Despite not starting until the fifth game, Williamson currently is tied for third among NFL rookies in sacks and is second recovering two fumbles.Speed and hard work are Williamsons biggest strengths. Film study is one of the habits that helped the 6-foot-1, 236-pound linebacker as a team captain at Kentucky last season. Whisenhunt said the Titans really liked Williamsons maturity after four years in college and were impressed with him during pre-draft interviews.Obviously, he loves football, Whisenhunt said. I dont think you can ever anticipate that he would progress the way he did. You hope so, but its been a real pleasant surprise.The Titans now trust the rookie enough that Williamson wears the helmet with the communication device hearing from coaches to get his defensive teammates lined up each play.But the Titans visit Philadelphia (7-3) on Sunday, and the Eagles high-paced offence means defences have to line up much more quickly than usual. So the Titans plan to help the rookie out by signalling in schemes from the sideline.Were not putting it all on him, Titans defensive co-ordinator Ray Horton said. Well make a couple adjustments how we call the game so everybody will be responsible, not just him.Thats fine with Williamson who just wants to help the team he grew up rooting for win. Taking time to savour everything hes doing will just have to wait until the off-season when hes back in Milan.Theres a lot of people really supporting me back home, Williamson said.Notes: The Titans added LB Derrick Morgan to the injury report Thursday with a swollen knee, and he was limited along with CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back) and S Daimion Stafford (shoulder). TE Delanie Walker (concussion) was scheduled to meet with an independent doctor later Thursday for final clearance. He practiced fully along with WR Justin Hunter (knee).___Online:AP NFL website: and Teresa M. Walker at Charles Woodson Jersey .com) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his right elbow last week, the teams official site reported Wednesday. Howie Long Jersey . The Wizards gave up two seldom-used players — forward Jan Vesely and point guard Eric Maynor. Vesely goes to the Nuggets, while Maynor gets shipped to the 76ers. Philadelphia receives two second-round draft picks, one from the Wizards in 2015 and one from the Nuggets in 2016. .com) - The red-hot Los Angeles Kings take aim at an eighth straight victory on Monday night as they wrap up a road trip versus the Calgary Flames.SEATTLE - Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 in seven strong innings, Mike Zunino and Michael Saunders hit solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Monday night. Iwakuma (7-4) has not allowed an earned run to the Twins in five career starts, which spans 33 2-3 innings. After allowing a combined 10 runs in two consecutive starts to close out June, Iwakuma has given up just one in his two outings in July. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his American League-leading 26th save in 28 chances. Kevin Correia (4-11) was credited for the loss despite allowing only five hits in seven innings. It was the fourth time in the last five starts that the right-hander has left the game with no run support, and the sixth time this season the Twins have not been able to score a run for him. The Twins struggled just to put the ball in play, tying a season high by striking out 14 times. Minnesota put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh after Kendrys Morales singled and Oswaldo Arcia doubled, half of the four hits Iwakuma allowed on the night. Iwakuma got a groundout to third and a strikeout to endd the threat. Lester Hayes Jersey. Correia faced additional trouble after Zuninos 396-foot blast to left field in the second as Dustin Ackley singled and advanced on Brad Millers one-out walk. Correia was able to retire the next two batters, though, to avoid further damage. Saunders sixth home run of the year was nearly caught by Sam Fuld, but the ball tipped off the top of the centre fielders glove as he slammed into the fence. The shutout continues a strong run by Mariners pitching, in which the staff has allowed three runs in 29 innings. NOTES: Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said there are no updates on 1B Joe Mauer (oblique strain) and INF Danny Santana (bone bruise in left knee), although both are progressing fine. ... Manager Lloyd McClendon said the Mariners have not decided who will start Thursdays game against the Twins. McClendon also said the scheduled starters for the weekend series against the Oakland Athletics — RHP Felix Hernandez, RHP Taijuan Walker and RHP Hisashi Iwakuma — is not set in stone. ... The Mariners send RHP Chris Young to the mound Tuesday to face RHP Phil Hughes of the Twins. 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