An already injury-riddled Titans roster takes another huge hit.
Jayon Brown’s season appears to be over, as could his tenure with the Tennessee Titans.
Earlier this week Brown was put on I.R. with a clear elbow injury as Ian Rapoport speculates on below.
Brown left Sunday’s victory in a must-win game against the Ravens towards the end of the second quarter after an illegal block by Ravens offensive lineman Ben Powers caused him to land awkwardly on his arm. Brown was almost immediately in visible pain and was helped off of the field.
He was ruled out for the rest of the game after halftime, and now, pending official test results will miss the rest of 2020.
The Titans already had come into this game with multiple holes on their defense, with five of their starters being out for Sunday’s game. Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee; placed on IR), Wide receiver Adam Humphries (concussion), cornerback Adoree Jackson, guard Rodger Saffold (ankle), and safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) all missed Sunday’s game.
With Brown now expected to miss the rest of this season, expect to see more of the likes of Will Compton, Nick Dzunbar, Daren Bates, and even David Long (when he is healthy) in order to fill the void next to Rashaan Evans. The Titans could also look to free agency to pick up a replacement for Brown as well.
In the final year of his rookie contract, Brown drafted 155th overall in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of UCLA, finished with 76 tackles, one sack, one interception, and eight pass deflections.
With multiple other players in the final year of their contracts, including wide receiver Corey Davis and tight end Jonnu Smith, the Titans may choose not to bring him back long term after this season. Brown may ask for a bit more money than the Titans feel that he’s worth, and the franchise tag for linebackers is expected to be around $15M, according to OverTheCap.
If this is in fact the end of Brown’s tenure with the Titans, he will certainly be missed.