The Tennessee Titans made history in 2021 for the wrong reasons.

The 2021 Titans had 91 different players suit up and play for the team in a regular season game at some point during the season. That set the all-time NFL record.

Despite the constant battle with injuries, the Titans overcame adversity in 2021, and found a way to secure the top seed in the AFC playoff picture. While the season did not end how they’d hoped, the Titans success was a real testament to the resilience within the building and the “next man up” mentality preached by the coaching staff.

Unfortunately for Tennessee, they might be re-living that same nightmare in 2022.

Just three games into the 2022 season, the Titans have had a revolving door at the back end of their roster. 13 players are currently listed on the IR or PUP list, with nine members of the active roster popping up on this week’s injury report.

The worst part is, Tennessee has lost a lot of value to the injury bug, both literally and figuratively.

While losing your starting LT and star pass rusher for the season always leaves a big hole on the field, the Titans injuries have also sidelined highly paid players, leaving the team with the most contract value currently sitting on IR of any NFL team, according to Over The Cap.

The Titans have a talented head coach, but a roster that has taken a step down from a year ago. A big part of that is because pieces of their core were moved due to financial issues (AJ Brown).

To now have a chunk of your already large payroll ($211 Million) on the shelf for the season is devastating. It also further complicates impending decisions on key players, their cap hits, and the possibility of contract extensions.

It’s just really hard to win consistently when your highest paid players aren’t on the field, and it’s even harder to justify doling out the next huge contract when you’ve seen them backfire in recent years.

The Titans need to get healthy. Point blank. Lewan and Landry won’t be returning this season, but Tennessee can not afford to have any more impact players go down for an extended period of time.

This feels like deja vu.

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