In a somewhat surprise move, the Tennessee Titans are releasing long-time long snapper Beau Brinkley on Tuesday afternoon.
The club also released veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who has struggled in recent weeks filling in for an injured Adoree' Jackson.
Brinkley, 30, had played in 135 consecutive games since signing with the team in 2012.
Brinkley was on the team’s Covid-19 list at the outset of the Titans outbreak with the virus and nearly had his consecutive games streak snapped because of it. However, when the Titans game against Pittsburgh was moved from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25, Brinkley was able to return in time for the Titans game against Buffalo, a contest that was also moved from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20.
Per a source, Brinkley apparently had lost some strength while suffering from the coronavirus and had yet to fully recover that strength. That resulted in some low snaps, including one Sunday in a 31-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, a play where punter and holder Brett Kern suffered an injury.
To replace Brinkley on the roster, the Titans are likely to elevate former Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton to the active roster. Overton signed with the Titans practice squad when Brinkley tested positive for the coronavirus and was kept on the Titans practice squad as insurance.
Joseph, who struggled to cover Cincinnati's Tee Higgins on Sunday, including giving up a pass interference call in the end zone, became expendable with the acquisition of Desmond King from the Chargers and the anticipated return of Adoree' Jackson. Joseph had one interception and one forced fumble along with 28 tackles this season for the Titans.
Joseph, 36, who had played for head coach Mike Vrabel in Houston, was signed by the Titans as a free agent in the off-season. He was in his 15th NFL season.
Patriots claim Mack
The Titans had hoped to re-sign defensive tackle Isaiah Mack back to their practice squad. However, those plans were thwarted by the New England Patriots putting in a waiver claim Tuesday and adding him to their 53-man roster.