The Tennessee Titans got bad news on Monday as left tackle Taylor Lewan announced on Twitter that he suffered a torn ACL in his knee, which will require surgery and cause him to miss the rest of the season.
Lewan suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday’s overtime win over the Houston Texans and said in the tweet that, “I wanted to let everyone know I got an MRI today. I Tore my ACL yesterday against Houston. Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m going to handle this rehab like a Pro and come back better than ever. Thank you @Titans fans for your support. #NoBadDays"
I wanted to let everyone know I got an MRI today. I Tore my ACL yesterday against Houston. Don’t feel sorry for me, I’m going to handle this rehab like a Pro and come back better than ever. Thank you @Titans fans for your support. #NoBadDays— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) October 19, 2020
Titans coach Mike Vrabel was disappointed for Lewan, who was placed on injured reserve Monday, and said his replacement will have to be ready to step in.
"Taylor works extremely hard. I'm confident that he'll be back (next season). That's kind of what we've done. That's how we operate. It's all we really know. We'll get the next guy in there and try to do what's best for the team and move forward."
Lewan’s injury leaves the Titans scrambling for what to do to replace their top offensive lineman.
Ty Sambrailo replaced Lewan and immediately gave up a strip sack to J.J. Watt that the Texans turned into a touchdown. After that play, however, Sambrailo settled down and played better to finish the game as the Titans even ran behind his side on Derrick Henry’s game-winning touchdown in overtime.
"Ty has played a bunch in that backup role in the first five games," Vrabel said."Ty has played in this league. He's played multiple positions. He's got versatility. He had the play in there with Watt early on, but I thought he settled down and played well, like he has in the past for us."
Beyond Sambrailo, the Titans could move Dennis Kelly to left tackle from right tackle and insert rookie first-round pick Isaiah Wilson into the lineup at right tackle. However, Wilson has had issues with being in shape, has had a brush with the law and twice has landed on the Covid-19 list since reporting to camp in late July.
"We haven't practiced much. We've got to get out and practice and evaluate where that is this week and see if he can help us," Vrabel said.
Left guard Rodger Saffold played tackle early in his NFL career and might be a third option to replace Lewan.
Still, the loss of Lewan, who has been to multiple Pro Bowls with the Titans, is a severe blow for a 5-0 team that welcomes the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers, who have the NFL’s best scoring defense to Nashville on Sunday.