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Titans release C Fernando Velasco, place returner Marc Mariani on IR in trimming roster to 53

The Tennessee Titans have released Fernando Velasco, who started 16 games last season on the offensive line, and placed returner Marc Mariani on injured reserve.

The Titans announced their roster moves Saturday as they trimmed to 53.

Velasco became a starter when Eugene Amano tore a tricep in August 2012, and the lineman started 13 games at center and three at guard. He signed a tender this offseason to stay with Tennessee.

Tennessee also released Rusty Smith, choosing to go with two quarterbacks in Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Titans also waived defensive tackle Stefan Charles; tight end Jack Doyle; safety Corey Lynch; fullback Collin Mooney; receiver Rashad Ross; linebackers Tim Shaw and Scott Solomon and Jonathan Willard and cornerback Khalid Wooten.

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