[UPDATE 4:20 PM] — The Titans and Patriots have released their official injury reports.
#Titans injury report and game status for Saturday vs. #Patriots. No Adam Humphries (ankle). Kalif Raymond (concussion) questionable but NO status for Adoree Jackson so he's good to go. pic.twitter.com/vOY8j4lRI5— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) January 2, 2020
Adam Humphries is the only Titan officially ruled out. Kalif Raymond (concussion), Cody Hollister (ankle), and Dane Cruikshank (illness) are all listed as questionable. Jack Conklin, Daren Bates, and Adoree’ Jackson are all cleared to play.
Cruikshank is a surprise addition. He’s an impact special teamer so the Titans will be hoping he is able to recover prior to game time.
The Patriots didn’t rule anyone out, but they listed six players as questionable:
- LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee)
- DB Terrence Brooks (groin)
- LB Jamie Collins (shoulder)
- WR Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder)
- CB Jonathan Jones (groin)
- CB Jason McCourty (groin)
It would be somewhat surprising if any of these guys didn’t play, but they’ll be worth monitoring as we get closer to kickoff.
Jackson had missed the final four games of the regular season with a foot injury suffered during the Titans 31-17 win over the Colts. Tennessee’s defense struggled while he was out, giving up three of their six highest point totals of the season.
With Malcolm Butler being out for the season with a broken wrist — and ineligible to return due to the Titans already using their two IR return options even if he was healthy enough to play — Jackson’s presence is crucial to restoring some bite to the Tennessee secondary. Adoree’ was quietly having an excellent season before going down with the foot injury, finishing the season ranked 10th among 87 qualifying corners in yards allowed per coverage snap according to PFF.
In less good news, the Titans won’t be able to use the free agent receiver they added this offseason against the team they outbid to land him. Adam Humphries has been out since hurting his ankle in the same Colts game that cost the Titans four games from Adoree’ Jackson, but Humphries will miss a fifth straight game. He’s still yet to even log a limited practice since the injury so his return for the divisional round would be questionable at best if the Titans were to advance.
The final injury report has yet to come out, but Humphries is currently the only Titan ruled out for the game. Kalif Raymond remains in concussion protocol, but he returned to practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday and might still have a chance to go for this game.
Other players listed on the injury report as of yesterday were Daren Bates (shoulder), Cody Hollister (ankle), and Jack Conklin (knee). We will update their statuses here once the official report comes out, but it seems likely that Bates and Conklin at least will be a go based on what we know right now.