Titans KR Reynaud goofs way into opening safety

    2013-09-08 12:44

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Tennessee Titans' season is already in reverse.

The Titans gifted the Pittsburgh Steelers a safety on the opening play of the 2013 season when kick returner Darius Reynaud took a knee in the end zone on the opening kickoff.

Reynaud fielded a squib kick from Pittsburgh's Shaun Suisham at the goal line and took a short step back into the end zone for what appeared to be a touchback. Officials stopped play and spotted the ball at the Tennessee 20 before referee Jerome Boger ruled Reynaud fielded the ball in play before taking a knee in the end zone. It was upheld on review and the Steelers had an early 2-0 lead.

Jacksonville also opened its season with a safety Sunday. The Jaguars blocked a punt on Kansas City's first possession.

Newly signed linebacker J.T. Thomas came through the line unblocked and slapped Dustin Colquitt's punt before it got off his foot. The ball ricocheted through the end zone for a safety.

It was the second blocked punt in as many games for the Jaguars, who blocked one in last year's season finale. It was their first safety since 2008.


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