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The stakes rise Saturday night when the Titans open the preseason at Seattle. The starting line is set for Tennessee, but at least a couple backup spots are up for grabs.

Both men are all business during practice and meetings, and Munchak also is coaching another lineman whose father once was a teammate in Nick Howell. Pat Howell finished his career with the Oilers between 1983 and 1985. But Kevin is the one Munchak’s daughter occasionally asks about, to see how her old friend is faring.

“There are some things that are fun about it. I was around him so much. He grew up with me. It’ll be curious to see how it all works out,” Munchak said.

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AP Sports Writer Chris Duncan in Houston contributed to this report.