Training camp and OTAs provide some of the most fun takes of the entire offseason. However, they are also usually laden with injuries ranging from minor tweaks to serious issues. Byron Bell of the Tennessee Titans just fell victim to the latter.
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According to most everyone including the team’s official site, Byron Bell suffered a dislocated ankle today and will not be available for the 2016 NFL season.
This is a tough blow because not only was Bell a starter last year, he was an emotional and physical leader. After the Titans drafted right tackle Jack Conklin he was looking to be kicked inside to left guard where he played at an above average level last year.
The loss also hurts the Titans tackle depth where he was more than capable of being a spot starter and a 6th man on the offensive line.
While everyone is right to be upset about this, it is also important to figure out where the Titans need to go next.
I will post a story later of possible replacements for Bell, but do the Titans need it? If Sebastian Tretola, Quinton Spain or Jeremiah Poutasi can fill in at left guard will the Titans just look at a boarder line offensive tackle instead of someone versatile?
Timing is also an issue, the Titans haven’t seen enough of their team to know whether or not they need to look at additional players so do they make a move today or do they wait and see what develops on the offensive line?
On the other hand, this does give them more freedom to move people around and find their best fits. Maybe in this new run first system the Titans are more comfortable letting Poutasi learn both left guard and right tackle and making him Byron Bell 2.0 while a player like Spain or Tretola steps up and takes the left guard spot?
I don’t know, but it will be interesting to see just what sort of help is out there on the market right now and how the Titans deal with this injury.