Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler reportedly suffered a broken wrist in the Week 9 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler was forced to leave the Week 9 game against the Carolina Panthers early after an apparent injury to his arm, and it looks like it was as serious as it looked.
The injury to Butler occurred late in the first half on a touchdown pass from Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen to wide receiver Curtis Samuel, which put the Panthers up 17-0 at the time.
Butler, who was defending Samuel on the play, had the Panthers receiver come down on his arm and looked to be in severe pain. Butler was eventually walked off the field with a trainer trying to stabilize the area of his injury.
At the time it looked like Butler might have broken his wrist, and it appears that’s exactly what happened, according to NFL Network insider, Ian Rapoport.
As Rapoport notes, further testing will be done to determine just how serious the injury is, but a broken wrist will at least keep Butler out for several weeks, and quite possibly the rest of the season.
It’s a tough blow to a talented Titans defense and secondary that is already dejected after allowing 30 points to the Panthers in Week 9, which is the most points this defense has allowed in a game this season.
Beyond Butler, the Titans have LeShaun Sims and Joshua Kalu at the position. Chris Milton might also help fill the void for Tennessee if he can return to action next week. Milton was inactive in Week 9.
It also wouldn’t be crazy to think that the Titans could slide Logan Ryan to the outside full-time and give Amani Hooker a look in the slot. Hooker was the highest-graded defensive back in college when covering opposing receivers in the slot last season.