ATLANTA (AP) _ Tennessee wide receiver Yancey Thigpen missed the Super Bowl on Sunday with a hairline fracture in his right foot.

Thigpen broke his foot in the AFC Championship last week and didn't practice all week, but the two-time Pro Bowl receiver had hoped that a splint in his right shoe would allow him to play.

He tested the shoe a couple of hours before kickoff, talked with Titans coach Jeff Fisher and trainer Steve Watterson and then went off the field.

Thigpen was deactivated for the game. Isaac Byrd was to start in Thigpen's place. Byrd, who started six games during the regular season when Thigpen nursed injuries, caught 14 passes for 261 passes.