The bad news for Tennessee was that inside linebacker Jayon Brown, who left Saturday’s win over the Patriots with a shoulder injury, was held out of practice for a second straight day. They certainly aren’t ruling Brown out at this point — he was seen on the practice field for portions of warm ups yesterday — but two straight DNPs means that he’s got some work to do to get ready for Saturday night’s divisional round matchup with the Ravens.
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was also officially held out, though reporters did indicate that he was seen on the practice fields at portions of the open period. He continues to deal with a foot issue that cost him the final four games of the Titans regular season slate. Jackson did play 95% of the snaps against New England Saturday night so this may be soreness in that injured foot that the team is being cautious with, as Paul Kuharsky suggests below.
Hopefully both of these guys are able to get some work in Thursday. Brown and Jackson are two of the Titans best coverage players and most athletic defenders. Jackson is key to not only the Tennessee pass defense, but also rates as one of the team’s best tacklers in the secondary. Given the offense they are about to face, it would be a big boost to have them both on the field and effective.
The other two players who did not practice for the Titans on Wednesday were Adam Humphries and Kamalei Correa.
Humphries looks like he’s likely to miss his sixth straight game after suffering an ankle injury against the Colts in Week 13. While Tajae Sharpe has done well filling in for the quick slot receiver, there is certainly an element that is missing from the Tennessee offense without the presence of Humphries, particularly on third downs.
Correa was a new addition to the injury report as he sat out with an illness. Hopefully that is a short term issue and he can get back on the field tomorrow.
Dion Lewis was limited for a second straight day with a shoulder injury.
There was some good news for the Titans though. Kalif Raymond has officially cleared the NFL’s return to play protocol for concussions and is expected to be available to play on Saturday. He’s been out since getting whacked over the middle against the Saints. The speedy receiver could see some work in the slot as well as his usual punt and kick return duties.
Starting right guard Nate Davis also returned after missing Tuesday’s session with an illness. The rookie has been much improved in recent weeks and was a big part of the Titans mauling of the Patriots run defense last weekend.
The Ravens injury report is a lot cleaner. Running back Mark Ingram and tight end Mark Andrews are the two names to keep an eye on. Ingram missed a second straight day and it’s beginning to sound like he’s headed towards being a game time decision for Saturday. His backup, Gus Edwards, is a strong running back himself though. Honestly, the best case scenario for the Titans might be Ingram trying to play through an injury at less than 100% rather than sitting out altogether.
Andrews, the Ravens leading receiver, was limited with an ankle injury for a second straight day. He injured the ankle in the Ravens Week 16 win over the Browns and sat out their Week 17 game against the Steelers, though he likely would have sat along with the other key starters even if he was fully healthy. His availability and effectiveness will be worth watching.