The Titans’ final injury report for Week 4 has arrived. Tennessee will be quite short handed on the offensive side of the ball when they take on the Jets in East Rutherford. As we expected would be the case throughout the week, both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones have been ruled OUT of this contest.
Brown and Jones were always going to be a long shot for this week, and we now know that both receivers will watch this one in street clothes. Expect to see plenty of Nick Westbrook, Josh Reynolds and Chester Rogers on Sunday. Reynolds is the name to watch here. While many fantasy football players are running to scoop up Westbrook in their leagues, Reynolds is clearly the most talented receiver that will don two-tone blue on Sunday.
It’s not all bad news for the Titans’ passing game. Starting tight end Anthony Firkser will return to the lineup after missing two straight weeks with a knee injury. It’s a boost for Ryan Tannehill, who will be without his two top dogs in the passing game. Look for Firkser to be a busy body in Week 4.
On the defensive side of the ball, starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree is OUT for this one. It’s not much of a surprise. Dupree was “active” last week on an emergency basis only, and didn’t play a single snap as he continues to deal with a knee issue. All of the attention will be focused on the absences of Jones and Brown at receiver, but the Titans will be without three of five outside linebackers on Sunday — Dupree, Derick Roberson and Rashad Weaver, the latter two of which are on injured reserve. It leaves the Titans incredibly thin at pass rusher, with just Harold Landry and Ola Adeniyi on the active roster. These will be your two starters on Sunday. Look for the newly-signed Sharif Finch to get elevated from the practice squad (which he was added to just earlier this week) to the active roster and serve as the No. 3 EDGE rusher.
Punter Brett Kern has been ruled OUT as well. The Titans shouldn’t miss their All-Pro punter too much on Sunday, as it would be a giant disappointment if they do too much punting in this one. The team signed Johnny Townsend earlier this week. The former fifth-round pick will fill in for Kern.
Rookie cornerback Caleb Farley will miss yet another game. Right now, Farley missing practice reps hurts him more than missing actual games. The Titans aren’t going to lean on Farley right now, but the rookie cornerback needs to find a way to get back on the practice field. That’s where he’s truly going to develop right now, and he needs those reps. Here’s to hoping he’s back sooner than later.
Head coach Mike Vrabel also ruled OUT defensive lineman Larrell Murchison. It’s a bit unfortunate, as Murchison has done some good work while factoring into the rotation on the defensive line as of late. Look for guys such as Naquan Jones and Woodrow Hamilton to possibly play increased snaps this week. Jones was a healthy scratch in Week 3 despite being elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Hamilton was called up from the practice squad and featured against Indianapolis on a part-time basis. I expect both of them to play on Sunday.
We’ll have to check back on Sunday afternoon for the inactive lists for both teams for a final update.