Big Titans injuries.
According to the Tennessee Titans injury report, AJ Brown and Darrynton Evans have officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Jaguars.
Combining this news with Adoree Jackson being on I.R. and the rumor that Vic Beasley will not play (according to Paul Kuharsky), the Titans aren’t fielding their most talented roster.
Going back to what we know for sure, AJ Brown missed practice all week nursing a bone bruise on his knee. It turns out, this injury is going to keep him out of the week two game with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
There is a good possibility that this injury was affecting Brown during Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos. AJ Brown finished the game with 5 catches for 39 yards. That performance was a bit underwhelming as opposed to what he spoiled us with last season, so it wouldn’t be surprising if he were trying to play through an injury.
That won’t be the case in the upcoming Week 2 matchup, though. And AJ Brown is ruled out leaving the Titans pretty thin at wide receiver.
Unlike AJ Brown, Darrynton Evans did not play in the season opener. He is recovering from a hamstring injury, which can be a long process sometimes without a clear recovery date.
Evans was expected to be the lightning to Derrick Henry‘s thunder this season. Fans will have to wait at least one more week to see whether or not that is true.
Where does this leave the Titans?
The Titans have key players listed on the injury report heading into the week two matchup. The Jaguars, on the other hand, have only Tyler Davis listed as “out” for the game.
Adoree Jackson, AJ Brown, Vic Beasley, and Darrynton Evans are all not going to play, leaving some pretty big holes in the roster for the game.
Malcolm Butler is listed as questionable for the game, if he is out, things could get ugly at cornerback. That would leave Jonathan Joseph and the two rookies (Kristian Fulton and Chris Jackson) as some of the top options available to play.
With AJ Brown out, the Titans are going to have to make a move at wide receiver. They currently have Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, Kalif Raymond, and Nick Westbrook ready to go on the active roster, although Corey Davis was a limited participant in Friday’s practice. The team could bring back up Cody Hollister or Cameron Batson from the practice squad for the game.
Either way, I would predict that we will see lots of 2-3 TE sets from the Titans on Sunday.
At running back, not much will change. We saw Derrick Henry get 31 rushing attempts on Monday night. I wouldn’t expect that to change much. Henry could be primed for a big game this week with Jeremy McNichols subbing in sparingly for passing downs.
As for Vic Beasley and the EDGE position, the good news is that there is there is a strong chance that Derick Roberson will make his sophomore debut. That means that the Titans will field three EDGEs instead of the three they had last week, and Roberson has a similar skill set to what Vic Beasley does well so this will give them a chance to know exactly where Vic Beasley will fit in once he is healthy enough to play.