He already has posted more sacks this season than Albert Haynesworth ever did, and his total of nine is tied for tops among all NFL defensive tackles.

But even as he’s piled up the big pass-rushing numbers, Jurrell Casey has been careful not to neglect his responsibilities in run defense. His 71 tackles are second among all Titans defensive linemen and just three behind defensive end Ropati Pitoitua.

He made a big play in the run game Sunday against the Colts, taking down wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on a reverse for an 11-yard loss.

“Oh, yeah, he’s solid against the run,” defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. “The good thing is when they block him one-on-one, he doesn’t go down. He fights those guys off and makes the play in the run game.

“You saw that on the reverse. He got penetration, and all of a sudden that’s a minus-yards play. That’s what Jurrell has been doing.”

Casey said he didn’t want to become a one-dimensional, pass-rushing defensive tackle.

“I knew I wanted to upgrade my pass-rush ability, but I wanted to make sure I stayed good against the run,” Casey said. “A lot of times guys are just strictly pass-rushers, and I didn’t want that to be my game. I wanted to be a good all-round player.”

It’s important, Casey said, not to get too caught up in individual stats.

“Last week, I beat one of the Colts’ linemen around the corner late in the fourth quarter, but instead of going for the clean sack, I tried to go for the ball and create a turnover,” he said. “I forfeited the sack to try to get the ball out. Even though I didn’t get it done, you have to do what’s best for the team at times.”