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Titans TE Delanie Walker says he won’t retire from the NFL

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker’s season is over after being placed on the injured reserve for an ankle, but he wants to continue to play in the NFL.

“This is not the end for me,” Walker said on Tuesday night, when he hosted a pizza party and took children on a shopping spree, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “This is a setback. And if anyone knows the type injury I had, it ain’t easy to come back and play at a high level like I do. I just want to get it fixed and be ready for next year.

Walker is still under contract for one more year with the Titans and said as long as the team wants him back, he will be back next season.

“I still have a year on my contract, and I am a Titan. So as long as the team, the organization, wants me here and believes in me, I am always going to be a Titan.”

Walker had issues with the same ankle he had surgery on last season. Walker said the ankle become more tender after returning to practice last month, and that’s when the team decided it was probably best to shut him down for the season.

“It was tough, and it hurts that I am not able to help my team out, and they are doing such a good job this year and I am excited about what going on with the team,” Walker said.

Walker, when healthy, is one of the better tight ends in the league, so it’s good to hear that he doesn’t plan on hanging up the cleats.