The Tennessee Titans (5-3) have felt the absence of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill in a major way since he suffered an ankle injury against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8.

With Tannehill watching from the sidelines in the team’s last two games, the offense has suffered from one dimensionality with back-up quarterback Malik Willis filling in. Though Willis managed to go 1-1 in his first two starts of his career, there is hope that Tannehill will be back in the saddle for Sunday’s matchup with the Denver Broncos (3-5).

Tannehill logged a full practice session on Thursday, putting him in line to start against the Broncos this weekend.

Even if Tannehill isn’t 100 percent, he poses a threat in the passing game, something the Titans never had with Willis.

His return should open things up for Derrick Henry in the run game as well. Defenses were able to key on the run and load the box, making life difficult on King Henry. Safeties now must respect the pass, keeping them from creeping up to play the run.

Tannehill’s return under center is critical as the Titans are staring down the barrel at a brutal four-game gauntlet.

Week 10: vs Denver Broncos

Week 11: at Green Bay Packers

Week 12: vs Cincinnati Bengals

Week 13: at Philadelphia Eagles

A lot can happen over the span of three days in the NFL, but all signs are pointing towards Tannehill getting the starting nod on Sunday.

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