BUFFALO — Among many issues facing the Tennessee Titans after an epic Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills is the status of left tackle Taylor Lewan. The three-time Pro Bowler was carted off the field after suffering a non-contact injury to his right knee.

Those close to the situation initially believed Lewan likely to be done for the 2022 season, but the lineman will undergo further testing on Wednesday.

Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel did not have any updates on the veteran’s status at his Tuesday press conference in Nashville, saying that the team was still going through evaluations as to the extent of the injury.

Lewan previously tore his right ACL in October of the Titans 2020 season. A reoccurrence would be a devastating blow to both Lewan and his team.

Potential loss of Lewan further derails Titans offense

Tennessee’s left tackle did not look quite up to his own standard in the Titans season opener against the New York Giants, but is certainly the best option the team has.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked only once against the Giants, but was pressured considerably (9 total) throughout the course of the game. Lewan was not credited for allowing a single pressure by Pro Football Focus after further evaluation. On Monday night in Buffalo, reserve tackle Dennis Daley allowed six total quarterback pressures in Lewan’s absence (5 hurries, 1 hit).

Tennessee’s loss goes much further than just the loss of Tannehill’s blindside protector, but it sure as hell did not help things.

If Lewan is, in fact, done for the season, the Titans will need a better solution than Daley. Former second-round pick Dillon Radunz does not appear fit for even reserve left tackle duties at the moment. Beyond the immediate, Lewan’s contract situation makes his future in Tennessee anything but certain. The former first-round pick is in the fourth year of a five-year contract with no guaranteed money remaining on the deal.

Should the Titans release Lewan at the end of this season, they stand to save more than $14.8 million.

It is a brutal situation for a player whose promising career feels like it has spiraled out of hand quickly. Lewan became a full-time starter in Tennessee during the 2015 season after seeing action in eleven games as a rookie. After missing only two starts from 2015-2018, Lewan has missed 19 games between a PED suspension and the ACL tear in the last three seasons.

This article will be updated as new information becomes available.

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