The Tennessee Titans won't have nickelback Kristian Fulton and backup safety Dane Cruikshank available Sunday at Cincinnati as both were ruled out by Coach Mike Vrabel on Friday.
Fulton, who had missed time earlier in the season on the Covid-19 list, suffered a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Also, cornrerback Adoree' Jackson, who has been out all season but has been activated into the designated to return window, was held out on Friday on the advice of the coaches and the training staff.
If the Titans do not get Jackson back for Sunday, then they would have Malcolm Butler, Johnathan Joseph, Chris Jackson and perhaps Tye Smith, who is questionable with a shoulder injury, available at cornerback. Smith did not practice Friday, but Vrabel did not rule him out for Sunday.
It is likely that the Titans would dip into their practice squad for game-day help, most likely bringing up Kareem Orr, who has been played in two games thus far this season from the practice squad. Josh Kalu, who is a safety by trade, can play cornerback if needed. Joseph was out two days due to illness, but practiced Friday.
Breon Borders is also on the practice squad but has not been active for any games thus far this season.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said the staff sometimes has to make adjustments in the week and in games when they are short-handed, like they are at cornerback this week.
“That happens a lot probably in the game, and it's like 'So-and-so is down and these are the adjustments we have to make,” Vrabel said.
There was good news for the Titans as tackle Dennis Kelly and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, both out two days of practice, were back on Friday and are expected to play vs. the Bengals.
Backup offensive lineman Daniel Munyer is questionable with a hand injury.