After all the Covid issues that ravaged the Titans organization, coupled with some key injuries, the Tennessee Titans head into Sunday’s showdown between unbeatens with a pretty clean bill of health.
The Titans have no players with an injury designation on their injury report for Sunday’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they could be poised to have cornerback Adoree’ Jackson return for the first time this season. Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve before the season opener against Denver. Jackson was designated for return from IR earlier this week and was able to practice all three days this week. The Titans have a three-week window to re-activate Jackson and can do so at any time in that period they feel he is ready to return.
“We’re still working through some things there. It’s positive and was good to get him out there and start his window and his time. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow after today’s work and we’ll make that decision,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.
The Titans also have good news regarding tight end Jonnu Smith, who left last week’s game against Houston with an ankle injury and did not return. Smith was a full participant in practice on both Thursday and Friday.
Also, receiver A.J. Brown, who was added to the injury report after not practicing Thursday with his injured knee, was a full participant on Friday and is expected to play against the Steelers.
Tennessee is also poised to have receiver Corey Davis and tight end MyCole Pruitt, both of whom were activated from the Covid-19/reserve list recently, back in the lineup as well.
The only issue for the Titans entering the game is that they will not have left tackle Taylor Lewan, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL that will end his season. Ty Sambrailo is expected to step in and be the Titans’ left tackle, after filling in for Lewan a couple of times this season already.
First-round pick Isaiah Wilson, who had been out for two days with an illness, and has yet to be active for a game due to a variety of issues, was back and practicing on Friday. But it does not sound as if he will be a factor on Sunday.
“It will start with more than a Friday practice,” Vrabel said of what Wilson needs to do to be able to contribute.