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Updates on Taylor Lewan and Wesley Woodyard and other notes from Wednesday’s Titans injury report

Some good news and bad news for the Titans.

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The Titans and Ravens released their first injury report of the week ahead of Sunday’s matchup in Nashville. Here is the good news and bad news for Tennessee.

Titans Injury Report (10-10-2018)

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Will Compton LB Hamstring DNP (-)
Dennis Kelly T Illness FP (-)
Taylor Lewan T Foot DNP (-)
Robert Spillane LB Knee LP (-)
Kenny Vaccaro SS Elbow DNP (-)
Wesley Woodyard ILB Shoulder LP (-)

Good News

The big news is that Wesley Woodyard returned to practice for the first time since going down with a shoulder injury against the Eagles. He did not practice all last week, so getting in a limited session today qualifies as a new development and an encouraging sign that the Titans might have one of their defensive leaders back on the field against the Ravens. Woodyard is a very important part of this defense so getting him back would be huge.

Dennis Kelly got in a full practice for the first time since coming down with the mystery injury that has held him out for the last four weeks. Kelly said that he’s put back on most of the 15 pounds that he lost and is starting to feel more like himself. He’s not officially cleared for Sunday yet, but this is certainly a good first step towards him returning.

Bad News

The worst news of today’s injury report was that Taylor Lewan did not participate in practice with the foot injury he suffered against the Bills. That being said, reporters did say that he was walking around without a boot or anything special on his foot in the locker room which is a good sign. I also take it as a good sign that the Titans did not make a move to add a tackle to the 53-man roster this week. The Titans desperately need their star left tackle back in the lineup.

Will Compton was an addition to the injury report as he missed practice with a hamstring injury. This could explain the addition of Robert Spillane to the 53-man roster. If the Titans think Compton might miss some time with the hamstring, Spillane would be a good fit to take on his special teams responsibilities and provide some depth at inside linebacker.

However, Spillane also popped up on this report with a knee injury that it sounds like was suffered during practice.

If the knee injury is serious, the Titans may be forced to dip back in to the practice squad reserves for another inside linebacker, likely Nigel Harris.

As expected, starting safety Kenny Vaccaro remains out. He’s unlikely to return before Week 7 and my guess is that they probably give him through the Week 8 bye to get his elbow healed.

Ravens News

Ravens Injury Report (10-10-2018)

Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Player Position Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Anthony Averett CB Hamstring DNP (-)
John Brown WR NIR DNP (-)
Brandon Carr CB Knee DNP (-)
Anthony Levine Sr.  DB/LB Hamstring DNP (-)
Michael Pierce DT Foot DNP (-)
Terrell Suggs OLB NIR DNP (-)
De'Lance Turner RB Hamstring LP (-)
Eric Weddle S NIR DNP (-)
Tim Williams OLB Hamstring LP (-)

The Ravens had 7 players miss practice today, but most of these are maintenance days for veteran players. Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, Brandon Carr, and John Brown are all highly likely to play and be 100% for this game. Anthony Levine probably goes as well since he played last week. Anthony Averett’s status could be in doubt, but he’s more of a depth corner behind their talented starters anyway.

The Ravens are going to be as close to full strength as you’ll see for an NFL team 5 weeks in to the regular season on Sunday.