As the Titans began their first game week of 2019 today, they did so without their current starting left tackle as Dennis Kelly was held out of practice. Mike Vrabel seemed to be relatively unbothered by Kelly’s absence, calling it “not a cause for alarm”.
Vrabel on @DennisKelly67. pic.twitter.com/BXzyTIyqQc— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) September 2, 2019
Obviously, Kelly missing this game or even playing at less than full health would be quite a setback for a Titans team without the services of Taylor Lewan. Theoretically the team could go one of two routes if they had to start someone else at left tackle. They could either slot in journeyman backup David Quessenberry or bump starting right guard Kevin Pamphile out to left tackle and start either Jamil Douglas or rookie Nate Davis at right guard. I’d be more comfortable with the second of those options, but it sounds like Vrabel expects Kelly to be able to go and offensive line coach Keith Carter certainly spoke today as if he thinks Kelly will be facing Myles Garrett on Sunday.
OL coach Keith Carter is encouraged with the play and versatility of @DennisKelly67 pic.twitter.com/2IJEs8BgZw— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) September 2, 2019
Other Titans that did not participate in practice today were backup safety/corner Joshua Kalu and newcomer Reggie Gilbert. Gilbert is dealing with a pre-existing injury suffered while he was in camp with the Packers. His availability for Week 1 is unclear, but I would suspect that he might not be active even if he was able to play.
Some good news did come today as Harold Landry and Nate Davis were both full participants in practice. Both guys had been dealing with injuries in recent weeks, but it seems as if they are past those issues.
We won’t get the first official injury report until Wednesday, but the Titans are a very healthy football team heading into Week 1.