Last Sunday, the Tennessee Titans lost veteran tight-end Delanie Walker in the second half due to a concussion received on hit by Baltimore Ravens‘ free safety Terrence Brooks. Since Sunday, Walker has been on concussion protocal and missed practice this week. If Walker has not fully recovered by this weekend, the Titans could see their leading receiver sit out of Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
To make matters worse, the Titans have lost tight-ends Craig Stevens and Taylor Thompson due to season ending injuries. If Walker is subject to not play on Monday, that would leave Chase Coffman, Richard Gordon, and Brett Brackett as the active tight ends against the Steelers.
"“He has to go through different stages. The first thing is passing the baseline test and once he does that, then he can exercise. Once he passes that stage, then he goes back and (sees) an independent neurologist, and once he’s through that, then it’s okay to practice again.”"
Offensive coordinator Jason Michael said they may throw more receivers up the middle if the absence of Walker does occur. Or, the Titans could use more two-back sets instead of two tight-end sets.
Michael had this to say about Coffman:
"“Chase showed in the preseason … what he’s been able to do in the passing game. The other two guys are able to help us in the run game. That (tight end) position has grown, so you have to do a little of everything – a little running back, a little offensive tackle and a little receiver.”"
Coffman holds the most receptions this season for the Titans active backup tight-ends, with two. The five year NFL veteran is in his first season with the Titans, and has been well known for his blocking abilities in his seasons with Atlanta and Cincinnati.
The Titans (2-7) will host the Steelers (6-4) on Monday Night Football in week 11. They look to improve on their worst season record since 2006.