Injuries have ravaged the Tennessee Titans all season long. They once again have a fairly crowded final injury report with a handful of impact players out this week against the San Francisco 49ers.
Here’s who they are and what their absence means.
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David Long Jr., Linebacker: The best LB for the Titans will miss another game due to injury, unfortunately. The hamstring still isn’t quite where he or the team wants it in order to suit up. Luckily, Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown have had improved play over the last couple of weeks. They will both need to step in and step up against a lethal rushing attack from the 49ers.
Rodger Saffold, Offensive Lineman: Saffold is one of two major injuries on offense for the Titans. Aaron Brewer could see some more playing time in place of Saffold, and Dillon Radunz could see some reps as well. The Titans will have to be flexible based on how the OL is performing in totality. Keeping Tannehill upright has been a difficult task over the past few weeks, and it must improve. That’ll be a tough ask without Saffold.
Taylor Lewan, Offensive Lineman: For all the comments on Lewan’s play at times this season, he has been great over the past couple of weeks. The cannot be said for most of the offensive line in that span, so this loss is major. The lack of both him and Saffold will most likely cause Tennessee to use an extra tight end or offensive lineman more often. Against an impressive defensive line of San Francisco, that will be necessary to get the running game off the ground or give Tannehill time to make downfield reads.
Larrell Murchison, Defensive Lineman: This injury may go a bit overlooked. Murchison hasn’t shown up a ton on the box score, but he provides solid depth. The Titans will have to get that depth elsewhere against the 49ers. It could also cause an even higher snap count for IDL Denico Autry. A pre-game practice squad elevation will probably attempt to supply some depth for tonight’s game, too.
Wide receivers Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are expected to be ACTIVE.
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