Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl LT Taylor Lewan suspended

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A huge blow to the Tennessee Titans playoff chances.

Sometimes bad things happen to good people and today is one of those day for Tennessee Titans star left tackle Taylor Lewan.

According to multiple sources including Taylor Lewan himself, the offensive lineman will be suspended for four games to start the 2019 NFL season.

This is a borderline devastating blow to the Tennessee Titans playoff chances. It is obviously way to early to write this season off, but now the preseason becomes significantly more important (I’ll get to that in a second).

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Lewan will miss:

-@ Cleveland Browns

-vs Indianapolis Colts

-@ Jacksonville Jaguars

-@ Atlanta Falcons

So essentially two road games against tough teams and two divisional games, including one against the other team likely to win the AFC South, Indianapolis.

During that stretch the Titans will have to contend with Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Genard Avery, Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue (maybe), Josh Allen, Justin Houston, Takk McKinley, Vic Beasley, and Adrian Clayborn.

That means that the preseason now becomes crucial for building chemistry between Rodger Saffold and Dennis Kelly on the left side and it also leaves the offensive line without a dominant place to run the ball.

On the other side, you have Jack Conklin returning from an offseason where he took no OTA snaps so there could still be some rust there as well.

There is still hope that Lewan’s suspension could be lifted:

However, it is time to assume that the worst will happen and that the Tennessee Titans will have to face the first month of the season short handed.

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This has all the makings of a truly nightmarish situation for Tennessee because they absolutely needed to see a healthy Marcus Mariota for as long as they could this season to make a clear final decision on his contract.

Instead, they are going into the season without their Pro Bowl left tackle.

More will come out soon about this, and we will break down the ramifications as the news comes in.

One final note, I don’t blame Taylor Lewan for this and neither should you. If you have listened to the Bussin’ with the Boys podcast, you can tell that diet and the offseason maintenance program is really important to Lewan.

More than that, you can tell that he doesn’t have anything to hide because of how openly he talks about his meals and his offseason habits. Why would someone who had something to hide do that, especially weeks before he knew that he had tested positive.

It all seems like this the fault of the supplement manufacturer or a tainted sample. But it definitely doesn’t seem like a malicious attempt to cheat the game.