The Titans would now seem to have a full-blown running back controversy — or a brand-new rotation, depending on how you look at it — on their hands after Javon Ringer saw the most extensive action of his three-year career.
Chris Johnson and Ringer finished with 14 carries apiece against the Colts, but Ringer was more effective both on the ground and through the air. He totaled 60 rushing yards (4.3 average) to Johnson’s 34 (2.4), and made five catches for 42 yards as opposed to Johnson’s three for 17 yards.
Johnson spent much of the second half on the sideline. He would carry just six times for 20 yards over the final two quarters — just once for 5 yards in the fourth quarter.
“In general, we knew we were going to give both guys a chance to get reps and get some plays,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “It was just a matter of how we rotated them. There really wasn’t much thought to it. It was just more or less how the game was going.”
This is certainly bad news for Chris Johnson owners, who were looking at this game as a chance for him to bust out and get back on track. However, a split, or rotation of RBs, make both Ringer and Johnson no more than flex options, at least heading into next week.