One of the overarching themes of the Titans’ dismal 2014 season (according to Ken Whisenhunt) was injuries. By season’s end, it seemed that half of the contributing players were on injured reserve.
Unfortunately for Tennessee, 2015 has been no different.
The offseason was an ominous sign, as two of their top rookie draft picks (Dorial Green-Beckham, David Cobb) were slowed by injuries and fell behind early. To add insult to injury, Cobb hurt himself again late in the preseason and was lost for the first half of the year…essentially sabotaging his rookie campaign.
The offensive line was once again decimated by the injury bug this season, starting with center Brian Schwenke early in the year. His injury forced sixth round rookie center Andy Gallik into action, but he got injured as well.
As did first round picks Chance Warmack (right guard) and Taylor Lewan (left tackle) at various points throughout the season. Lewan is unlikely to finish the season for a second straight year after suffering a head injury last week.
Wide receiver Kendall Wright‘s resurgence will have to wait another year, as his 2015 season was wrecked by a plethora of injuries.
Injuries also derailed a potential Rookie of the Year season for qb Marcus Mariota, who will miss four games with a pair of knee injures. He will not play in the season finale.
The defense faired no better, after losing linebacker Derrick Morgan for the season a few weeks ago. He was having an outstanding year prior to injuring his shoulder.
The secondary overachieved this season without their best player, cornerback Jason McCourty for the entire season. His absence caused a musical-chairs approach to the position, as Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Perrish Cox also missed time at various points.
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