Friday injury reports are usually a pretty good indication of who’s going to sit out and suit up on Sunday. It appears that A.J. Brown is going to miss his second straight game with a knee issue. I think the Titans can survive this one in his absence. The offense put up 33 points last week without him, and should be able to find similar success against a poor Minnesota defense that’s ravaged with injury right now. It would make sense to let Brown sit this one out, especially if it means the extra rest would allow him to suit up against the Steelers next weekend. The most important thing is to get Brown healthy for the rest of the season.
Outside of Brown, it appears that CB Chris Jackson and OLB Derick Roberson will also be OUT on Sunday. Nether player took part in practice today. This would mark the third straight game Roberson has missed. If Jackson also misses the game, the Titans will continue to be thin at the cornerback position. With Adoree Jackson still on IR, expect to see plenty of Johnathan Joseph and Kristian Fulton on Sunday. Joseph didn’t practice on Thursday, but was a full participant in Friday’s session.
The good news here is that both Vic Beasley and Darrynton Evans were once again listed as “full participants.” It’s looking like both players will make their Titans debuts this weekend. Getting Beasley active would be a huge lift for a pass rush that has created pressure, but struggled to get home. If nothing else, it will allow Harold Landry to have a breather here and there. He’s played way too many snaps through two weeks.
Evans probably won’t make as big of an impact immediately, but they will most likely have a package of plays designed for him. I’m excited to see what Evans can add to this offense. They don’t have another player with his skill-set.