Tennessee Titans suffer major injures before facing K.C. Chiefs

Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) is taken off the field after was injured at Nissan Stadium Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) is taken off the field after was injured at Nissan Stadium Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. /

The Tennessee Titans just began the most difficult stretch of their schedule with an impressive comeback victory over the Buffalo Bills to shift the pecking order in the AFC. Now as they get ready to face another conference juggernaut in the Kansas City Chiefs, the Titans instead are going to have to figure out who exactly is healthy enough to play after a short week given the number of injuries suffered in Week 6.

On Tuesday morning, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter had word that Titans rookie cornerback Caleb Farley likely tore his ACL against the Bills. Even if he receives a more positive diagnosis after getting an MRI, there’s no way the team’s first-round pick will suit up to play the Chiefs. Farley had just started his first game for the Titans, having worked his way up the depth chart to earn more reps in Week 6.

It’s important to note that the loss of Farley further weakens a secondary that just placed Kristian Fulton on injured reserve after Week 5, which means another starting cornerback is out for Week 7.  Cornerback Chris Jackson also went down with an injury in Week 6, although it’s impossible to know anything about his future availability at this time.

The Titans lost a lot of players to injuries in Week 6 before the Chiefs come to visit.

Three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Taylor Lewan was also injured on Tuesday and is the biggest loss for the Titans overall. Lewan suffered an apparent head injury and was taken off on a stretcher in a scary incident in the second quarter. The Titans aren’t exactly deep at the position and further details on Lewan’s condition should be forthcoming as the Titans figure out what’s next.

In addition to those losses, the Titans were hurting at wide receiver already coming into the game with the questionable availability of A.J. Brown. During the game, however, receiver Cam Batson was lost to a torn ACL just like Farley. Batson is a quick return man and adds another offensive wrinkle for the Titans passing game. In addition, veteran Julio Jones injured his hamstring during the game and was unable to return.

The Chiefs aren’t without injuries of their own, of course, as every team is dealing with significant concerns by this point in the season. The defense alone has been missing the likes of Chris Jones and Frank Clark, Charvarius Ward and Willie Gay. Still the Titans just had a horrible week when it comes to injuries. It will be interesting to see how healthy they can get (and what further moves they make) in the next few days to prepare for the visiting Chiefs.

The Titans host the Chiefs on Sunday, October 24 and kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. C.T.

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