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Titans move RB Darrynton Evans to “Designated to Return” from IR List

The 2020 third-round pick may be back on the field before we know it.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans made an intriguing roster move on Wednesday afternoon when they designated running back Darrynton Evans to return from injured reserve, activating a 21-day window for Evans to practice with the team without him counting towards their 53-man roster.

Evans will have to be officially moved to the active roster before actually taking the field for a game. This move doesn’t guarantee that Evans suits up for Week 5. In fact, it’s probably unlikely that he’ll feature this Sunday against Jacksonville, but Evans should be back for Week 6 at the latest.

Evans got the start in the team’s Week 1 preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, and injured his knee on a first-quarter carry. He was quickly placed on injured reserve, and hasn’t been on the field since.

Evans was an exciting pick for Tennessee in the 2020 NFL Draft, but has been bitten by the injury bug throughout the early portion of his career. Evans appeared in just five games in 2020, totaling 81 yards and a touchdown on 16 touches. Evans made a bigger impact as a kick returner, amassing 206 yards in that area of the game.

Once he returns, Evans will look to wraggle away the No. 2 RB job from Jeremy McNichols, who has performed admirably in recent weeks. McNichols led the team in receptions in Week 4, catching eight balls for 74 yards. Evans could have a difficult time stealing reps from McNichols, but it’s a good problem to have. This offense is struggling right now, and hasn’t been very healthy. They need all the weapons and potential gamebreakers on the field they can get, and Evans is a fun player with the ball in his hands.

As always, stay tuned to MCM for updates.