Two starters head to I.R. for the Tennessee Titans


The Tennessee Titans had one loss this weekend, but it looks like they had two more on Monday.

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As many expected and speculated, Mike Mularkey confirmed at his press conference today that Justin Hunter is out for the season following surgery today.

Hunter suffered a broken ankle at the end of the game Sunday, and the prognosis is almost never good when the cart comes out almost immediately to get the player on the field.

The plan as of now seems to be to elevate Tre McBride from the practice squad and move him to the active roster to replace Hunter. I am not happy about the injury, but I am very excited to see Tre McBride.

People I trust to evaluate small school talent said that he is someone who was always a developmental player in year one, but someone with the upside to start in this league.

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  • One of the most underrated aspect of his game is one of the biggest needs for the Titans: special teams. McBride can do it all on special teams and he gives the Titans someone with at least a chance to be a good returner. Hopefully this leads to no Bishop Sankey or Dexter McCluster as returner, and more McBride.

    The other news from the press conference, and the most devastating is that CB Jason McCourty is also out for the season as he gets surgery on his groin.

    McCourty has been one of the Titans top defenders for three or more years now, and he was someone you could trust to make plays against the other team’s best receivers. Was he a shut down corner? No, but he was more than capable and he could have started on every team in the league.

    The big question now is what happens to his roster spot? B.W. Webb, Cody Riggs, BWW, Perrish Cox, Marqueston Huff, and Coty Sensabaugh are all on this roster and all have played CB for the Titans this season. Not only have they played, but they actually have looked alright on this top-5 Titans defense.

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    So, where could the Titans go? Well, if they aren’t confident in the wide receiver position even after being bolstered by McBride, the could bring back Hakeem Nicks. Nicks was let go by the Titans in the preseason and hasn’t landed on any roster yet, so it isn’t like they are finding a superstar right now.

    A real dark horse for the Tennessee Titans is Ben Garland. For those that don’t know, Garland is an Air Force grad who has floated around the league for his six year career. He is a former defensive lineman who has converted to guard.

    For a while he as just an average backup caliber player, but this preseason he was the second highest rated left guard in the league. With Andy Gallik struggling mightily, it might help to kick Looney back inside to center and bring in Garland to play left guard.

    That is the spot I think the Titans are weakest at, and if you are going to bring in someone at this point in the year with this record, you need to be looking long term. Garland is a young player with upside and athleticism, no harm in bringing him in.