The Tennessee Titans rookie ILB Rashaan Evans has not practiced since July 28. As of right now, there aren’t any indications that he will be returning anytime soon.
HC Mike Vrabel initially addressed Evans departure from practice as possibly being a byproduct of the heat.
Clearly, that is not the case.
Evans would not be out this long due to strictly heat-related/conditioning issues. In fact, one would assume Evans would have suited up the next day to become acclimated to the Nashville temperatures.
According to a source who was present during the July 28th practice, Evans was pursuing the ball at the time of injury. He went down and didn’t get up.
Vrabel has made it clear he will not report specifics on injuries until he is required to do so, unless of course it is a season-ending injury as was the case for defensive backs Johnathan Cyprien and Tye Smith.
Some have speculated on what exactly Evans could be dealing with. A to Z Sports Host, Austin Stanley, pointed out an update on Evans by NFL Network Reporter, Tom Pellissero. Pellissero indicated that Evans injury “is NOT related to the groin injury he had this past season at Alabama.”
Other speculation of what the injury could be is possibly a left hamstring injury. A few in attendance in the area where the Evans injury took place noticed him favoring the left leg.
Corey Davis - who also has a mystery injury - will likely miss the preseason opener for the second straight year. Vrabel light-heartedly indicated to reporters that Davis would be ok moving forward.
Davis, who has put together solid work in camp thus far, cannot afford another nagging injury. The Titans offense can’t afford it, either.
Time to panic? Not quite. But anxiety will naturally continue to build the longer the pair of first rounders remain sidelined.
Jim Wyatt tweeted the Titans depth current depth chart, which showed Evans third behind Will Compton and Nate Palmer. Palmer was carted off due to injury today, so depth at ILB remains a mystery with Evans sidelined.
The good news? Harold Landry - a player that should’ve been drafted in round one - will make his Titans debut. Reports from camp have indicated Landry is the real deal. Working against Pro Bowl LT - and richest offensive lineman - Taylor Lewan, continues to help Landry develop.