The Tennessee Titans have a long list of concerns health-wise entering Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
How bad is it? the Titans are likely to play Sunday with two players they have never even met.
The Titans have already ruled out punter Brett Kern with a wrist injury he sustained holding for a botched extra point last week. Wide receiver Adam Humphries is out as well as he remains in a concussion protocol following a vicious hit he took while trying to dive and catch a pass.
Also, there is concern regarding outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who sustained a knee injury two weeks ago against Pittsburgh, but finished that game and played last week in Cincinnati. Clowney did not practice all week to rest the injury. Coach Mike Vrabel said that Clowney would basically be a game-time decision against the Bears.
“We'll try to do what's best for him and for the football team. We were trying to give him a couple days of rest. We'll see where he's at tomorrow and make a decision at 10:30 Sunday on the 48 guys that we'll go with in the game,” Vrabel said.
The iffyness of Clowney means that the Titans will likely have Derick Roberson, who had two sacks in three games last season, and practice squad player Tuzar Skipper are likely to see action Sunday. The Titans turned the page on Vic Beasley on Wednesday and have just three outside linebackers on the 53-man roster.
As for Adoree' Jackson, Vrabel said the Titans have until Wednesday when his 21-day window to be activated or placed on injured reserve expires. Vrabel said Jackson, who did not practice Thursday or Friday, would also be evaluated to see if he can help on Sunday.
“The time comes up on Wednesday. If it's Sunday, it's Sunday (to be activated if ready). If it's Saturday, it's Saturday. If not, we have until Wednesday,” Vrabel said. “I'm going off what our personnel department and Jon (Robinson) tells me. We have until Tuesday to make a decision. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. It's always about the player, his health and his ability to do his job and do it well and to the expectations that we have. If that can't be the case, then we'll make the decision whenever we have to.”
The secondary is short-handed in that the Titans released struggling veteran Johnathan Joseph on Tuesday.
The Titans will play two players Sunday that they have never even met.
With Jackson still in limbo, the Titans are likely to use newly acquired nickelback Desmond King, picked up from the Chargers for a sixth-round pick on Monday.
King has been in Zoom meetings, but will finally get through the Covid-19 protocols on Saturday and get to join the Titans.
“I would say there is some potential for him to be out there. We've got to get him in the building and find out what he's learned and what he can pick up, but he's played football before – a lot of it. Maybe we'll know more tomorrow. That's where we're at. I would say it's a possibility,” Vrabel said.
Also, the Titans will have a new punter, and the candidates for that job won't be able to be seen until Saturday either due to the Covid protocol.
The Titans will choose between Dustin Colquitt, Lachlan Edwards, Trevor Daniel and Ryan Allen.
“We'll have some guys in here tomorrow and see how they kick the ball. We'll pick one and go with them for the game,” Vrabel said.