While the Tennessee Titans were picking up their third straight narrow victory, 31-30 over the Minnesota Vikings, there was some cause for concern on the injury front.
Left tackle Taylor Lewan exited the game in the first quarter and did not return due to a shoulder injury.
Lewan was in a pile and a Minnesota player fell on him. Lewan stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped up and walking off the field under his own power.
Veteran Ty Sambrailo, who was signed as a free agent in the off-season, came on to replace Lewan at left tackle and finished the game.
The Titans offense managed to run the football well, as Derrick Henry rushed for 116 yards in the game, even without Lewan in the lineup for most of the day.
“Ty prepares like he's a starter, and when he got in there, he was ready to go. That just shows what type of pro he is, going in there and getting the job done,” Henry said.
Elsewhere, Jadeveon Clowney looked to suffer a left arm injury late in the ballgame as he went off the field in the fourth quarter.
Speaking of Henry and his rushing exploits – he now has 316 yards for the season – the Titans improved to 15-0 all-time when he goes over 100 yards.
Henry had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter for the Titans, including one where he went airborne into the end zone to give Tennessee the lead.
“I just wanted to go over the top and get it in. I was doing whatever I could to get it in,” Henry said.
Belief in Kalif
Kalif Raymond had three catches for 118 yards, the first time in his career that he has gone over 100 yards receiving in a game.
Raymond caught a 44-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill on the second play of the game for the Titans offense to set up a field goal. In the third period, he had an even bigger play, catching a 62-yard pass.
“I'm hoping I can do something for the offense every time I'm out there. The biggest part of getting open deep is getting the time, so a big credit goes to the offensive line,” Raymond said.