This Sunday’s divisional clash between the Titans and Colts has big playoff implications. At this point of the season, sometimes the injury report can play as large of a role as anything entering a game. Both teams had a fairly crowded injury report to end the week of practice on Friday. Tennessee will be without three key players.
Who will miss Week 8 for the Titans?
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Julio Jones, Wide Receiver: The Titans’ star WR did not practice all week. He had returned for the past two games, but the hamstring injury will force him out again this week. His production hadn’t been anything too eye-popping over the last few games, but the lack of his talent in the lineup definitely changes the game plan on both sides.
His absence will possibly thrust Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Marcus Johnson, and Josh Reynolds into bigger roles for the Titans. One of those wideouts must emerge to help out A.J. Brown against a feisty Colts secondary. Indianapolis Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus will surely game plan to slow down Brown as much as possible in the passing game, especially after his impressive game in Week 7.
Khari Blasingame, Fullback: Blasingame is a great special teams player and provides good blocking ability on offense for the Titans. Expect Geoff Swaim or another tight end on the roster to take his snaps at fullback for this game, barring a practice squad call-up.
Darrynton Evans, Running Back: For the second season in a row, Evans’ season has ended much easier than anyone would like. Evans got the backup work behind Derrick Henry last week but left with an injury in the process. He played well, too.
Going forward, this will slot Jeremy McNichols back into that place on the depth chart. McNichols has shown flashes of being dynamic, especially in the passing game. Frustrating situation for Evans and the Titans, nonetheless.
Cornerback Chris Jackson, Defensive Lineman Teair Tart, Offensive Tackle Kendall Lamm, and Linebacker Rashaan Evans are all questionable.
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