NFL injuries and their impact on the Tennessee Titans


How are injuries around the NFL changing the Tennessee Titans 2017 season.

The NFL preseason is going into full effect and the Tennessee Titans are less than a week away from their first game.

With practice and games comes injuries unfortunately. With the NFL shifting and changing, let’s look at what the Titans 2017 opponents have been dealing with on the injury front and how much it impacts their team.

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Week 1 Oakland Raiders

-While the Raiders aren’t dealing with any big injuries, left tackle Donald Penn is holding out of training camp for a new deal.

Both sides are at a standstill as Penn wants a new contract now, but GM Reggie McKenzie said he won’t work on a deal until Penn shows up to camp. Penn is 34 and looking for what is likely his last big contract.

The team has a big contract to give out to Khalil Mack sometime soon and they can’t carry on that huge contract and a huge left tackle contract with the roster constructed like it currently.

This could be an issue that is solved tomorrow, but it also could bleed into the season if Penn digs his heels in and waits.

Weeks 2 & 17 Jacksonville Jaguars

-There are a couple of important notes here. First of all Jalen Ramsey is dealing with a core injury that will hamper his preseason practices.

On top of that, they are dealing with finding out who is going to be left tackle since their incumbent retired. Are they going to go with a slow footed Cam Robinson? Or will they try to poach someone off of waivers?

Either way, there is a huge issue with that offensive line.

Week 3 Seattle Seahawks

-The Seahawks are pretty good right now. No huge injuries or concerns to me at the moment.

Weeks 4 & 13 Houston Texans

-The Texans are one of the team that got hit hard with an injury.

Will Fuller the team’s 1st round draft pick last year has a broken collarbone that will put him out for months, maybe bleeding into the middle of the league calendar depending on how he heals.

Tennessee Titans fans may remember Fuller as the man who beat them with a kick return touchdown in their first matchup last year.

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  • Week 5 Miami Dolphins

    -This is a big one. Today it was made basically official that Jay Cutler is coming in as a band-aid for the Dolphins while Ryan Tannehill is likely out for the season.

    Combining this with the injuries to interior lineman Ted Larsen who was likely going to be their starting guard, and this is a huge blow to the offense. If Mike Pouncey has any issue with his health (missed at least 2 games in the last four seasons and 11 last year) this would be devastating.

    Weeks 6 &12  Indianapolis Colts

    -Andrew Luck is the big issues here. With his shoulder in doubt, some people have said that he could miss up to 6 weeks during the regular season.

    While I don’t think that will happen, the Colts have to be worried about his shoulder. Also, Donte Moncrief has been having trouble with his shoulder again which could be an issue.

    Week 7 Cleveland Browns

    -The Tennessee Titans will face the Browns right as they are figuring out what to do with their offense. There is no real big injury issue facing the Browns right now and maybe it is finally time for that franchise to have some good luck.

    Week 9 Baltimore Ravens

    -The Ravens are quietly having a terrible preseason for injuries. Maybe the worst in the NFL.

    Since last season, these are the players that the Ravens have lost due to injuries:

    1. Tavon Young, CB

    2. Kenneth Dixon, RB

    3.Crockett Gillmore, TE

    4. Nico Siragusa, OG

    5. Maurice Canady, CB

    6. Dennis Pitta, TE

    7. Zach Orr, ILB

    Not to mention that Breshad Perriman hurt his leg again the other day. That is just a really tough offseason.

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    Week 10 Cincinnati Bengals

    -George Iloka is the only name of note, but he should definitely be healthy before this and probably will be clear for the first game of the season.

    Week 11 Pittsburgh Steelers

    -Big Ben always has a ton of injuries so there is going to be some bump along the way not that it will affect this game.

    Week 14 Arizona Cardinals

    -The Cardinals really don’t have any injuries of note. T.J. Logan who was a really dynamic return man in the Hall of Fame game is out for the season, but the Cardinals have a lot of options to replace him.

    Week 15 San Francisco 49ers

    -Malcolm Smith is out for the year with a pectoral injury. That is a bit loss and it will put a lot of stain on rookie linebacker Reuben Foster.

    2nd year guard Josh Garnett is out right now with a knee injury and looks like he will be out for a month. There is a chance that this could cost him a starting job.

    Week 16 Los Angeles Rams

    -Dominique Easley is out for the season with a knee injury, which is huge for their depth chart. The Rams depth chart at DT without he and holdout Aaron Donald (who will be signed), Michael Brockers and Louis Trinca-Pasat.

    So that is the list now. I will try to update it as the preseason goes along if any big news happens.