The Titans are very healthy heading into this key divisional showdown. Derick Roberson will miss his second straight game with a hamstring injury. That means more Brooks Reed and Wyatt Ray on defense. Yay.
Khari Blasingame and Daren Bates are listed as questionable. Blasingame plays a big role in the run game, and Bates is an excellent special teams player. The team should be able to cope with their absences if they’re unable to play.
Several key players had injury designations throughout the week, but as Vrabel often does, they were simply rest days. None of those key players are even carrying the “questionable” tag heading into this one.
Two guys who aren’t on the injury report but are still notable: Stephen Gostkowski and Brett Kern. Both specialists are on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The team hasn’t officially promoted Sam Sloman from the practice squad yet, but Vrabel all but confirmed he’s going to serve as the team’s kicker on Sunday:
Titans' Vrabel: Sam Sloman has done a nice job, expect the same of him on Sun.— John Glennon (@glennonsports) January 1, 2021
The team has been more quiet on the Kern front, but I am reporting that he WILL be available, as long as he continues to test negative:
Update: #Titans P Brett Kern is expected to be available for this weekend's game, sources said. @BroadwayTN— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) December 31, 2020
He's on the Reserve/Covid-19 list as a close contact. He's expected to return Saturday.
Things change if Kern tests positive. He continues to test negative as of now. https://t.co/gYNZYfKU94
On the Texans’ side of the ball, left tackle Laremy Tunsil is doubtful with an ankle injury. I wouldn’t expect this anemic pass rush to take advantage of that anyways.
The Titans would win the AFC South for the first time since 2008 if they win on Sunday.