Tennessee Titans place Adoree Jackson on injured reserve

Titans’ Adoree Jackson to I.R.

Today the Tennessee Titans placed Adoree Jackson on injured reserve just hours before the first game of the season.

Despite the Titans not practicing for two days and no reports coming out that the injury was that severe, Mike Vrabel and Jon Robinson have made the decision to put the 1st round pick on injured reserve.

In a statement by the team on the Titans website:

Jackson suffered a knee injury in Friday’s practice, and was officially ruled out for tonight’s game on Saturday. The new rules for Injured Reserve this season requires Jackson to miss at least three weeks before he’s eligible to return.

In a corresponding move, the Titans brought veteran cornerback Tye Smith up to the active roster to fill the need at the position. You might remember Smith being one of the veterans on the practice squad that they have been protecting.

There is good news and bad news here.

Obviously the bad news is that one of your starting cornerbacks is out for the next three games and you are going to have to rely heavily on an older cornerback in Jonathan Joseph who has struggled in camp or a camp surprise in 7th round rookie in Chris Jackson.

Given the timeline, I assume that the team already knows what they are going to do and took their time with that decision so we will see how that goes.

The good news is that I.R. isn’t the same I.R. that terrified football fans before. Now it just means that you have to be inactive for the next three games and one of those games is going to happen later on tonight.

More good news is that the injury wasn’t so bad that the Titans immediately felt the need to get him on I.R. which suggests that maybe he will be ready as soon as that 3-game stretch has come and gone.

Obviously none of this is ideal, but this is life in the NFL and this is when you find out how deep your roster really is. Either way, the first thing on the docket is to make sure that the Titans defense has the right bodies active that can deal with the Denver Broncos and then worry about the rest on Tuesday.