Tennessee Titans: Mike Vrabel gives timeline for Adoree’ Jackson update
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s victory over the Colts, and his status remains unknown.
The Tennessee Titans could be going into their Week 14 matchup with the Oakland Raiders even more thin at the cornerback position than they previously were with the status of Adoree’ Jackson up in the air.
Head Coach Mike Vrabel said in his Monday press conference that there will be no update on Adoree’ Jackson‘s status until Wednesday.
Jackson suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Titans’ 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He tried to play through it, but was eventually pulled and ruled out for the second half of the game.
Jackson was already dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of the Titans’ Week 8 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was seen icing the foot on the sideline.
It’s been a rough season for the Titans as far as injuries to the cornerback position go, as they came into Sunday’s game already short two cornerbacks, with Malcolm Butler on injured reserve after breaking his wrist weeks ago, and LeShaun Sims inactive due to an ankle injury.
According to PFF, Jackson is the highest-rated cornerback in coverage on the roster at 74.6.
Losing him for a long period of time would be detrimental to an already struggling Titans pass defense, which allowed 309 passing yards against a Colts unit missing its starting running back (Marlon Mack), starting tight end (Eric Ebron) and top three receivers (T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, and Chester Rogers, who left Sunday’s game due to his own knee injury).
The Titans currently rank 27th in the league against the pass, giving up 260.1 yards per game.
With Jackson injured, that leaves the Titans with three healthy cornerbacks: Logan Ryan, Tye Smith, and Kareem Orr. Safeties Dane Cruikshank and Amani Hooker are capable of stepping in at cornerback, but the team will absolutely miss Jackson if he is out for an extended period of time.
Jackson’s injury could not have come at a worse time for the Titans, who are currently sitting on the outside looking in as far as the playoff race goes due to the Pittsburgh Steelers owning the conference record tie breaker over them.
They also sit a game behind the Houston Texans in the AFC South.
All four of the Titans’ remaining games come against teams in the top half of the league in pass offense, including two games against the Texans (No. 11 in the league in passing), and one against the New Orleans Saints (No. 9).
The Raiders, their opponents in Week 14, currently rank No. 13 in passing offense. If Jackson cannot finish the season due to his injuries, the Titans will have a rough time making the playoffs.