The playoffs have arrived, and with this week’s version of the injury report we look at the key injuries that will affect the Tennessee Titans against the Kansas City Chiefs.
DeMarco Murray – Running Back – Knee
As Titan Sized’s own Matias Wodner wrote, DeMarco Murray is going to be out the first weekend of the playoffs. Murray suffered an MCL injury in Week 16 and will miss another week. These injuries are not easy to predict, especially for a running back. Murray has been officially ruled out this week and Derrick Henry will step in as the starting running back once again. He did not necessarily have the best performance in Week 17 and will look to perform well against the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Kansas City is never an easy stadium to play in and Henry will need his Heisman Trophy-winning form to have a good game this week.
Kalan Reed – Cornerback – Concussion
The good news is Kalan Reed practiced in full this week even though he went through the concussion protocol after the game against Jacksonville last week. Reed has seen an uptick in playing time since LeShaun Sims was injured a few weeks ago. Reed is a serviceable part of the secondary and will not miss anytime with a concussion, as he has now cleared the protocol. Look for Reed to get even more time is Brice McCain misses Wild Card week action.
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Brice McCain – Cornerback – Hamstring
Another sign of good news is that Brice McCain is practicing in full after missing Wednesay’s pratice.. The Titans’ secondary is not the strongest in the league, but McCain would be missed if he is not able to suit up on Sunday. The best sign is that he is practicing in full. McCain is most likely going to play against the Chiefs. Look for him to be the nickel back during most three receiver sets. The Titans will need as many options as they can at the position. Hopefully, McCain does not aggravate his injury and is fully healthy.
Jonnu Smith – Tight End – Concussion
Backup tight ends can be important in football games. The rookie has not seen much success on the field so far this season, but is a tool for Marcus Mariota to use in the offense. To round out the report with some good news, Smith is out of the concussion protocol and is practicing normally. He is a fast tight end that can break out at any time.
Quinton Spain – Guard – Back
Spain was added to the injury report on Thursday after missing practice with a lower back issue. His status is up in the air.