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Titans-Texans Weds Injury Report: Considerable Concern

The Titans were without multiple high-impact players at Wednesday’s practice

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The Tennessee Titans (5-8) and Houston Texans (7-6) released injury reports on Wednesday. The Titans are competing on a short week after Monday’s victory over the Miami Dolphins. Understandably so, multiple players were held out of practice, including defensive linemen Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry.

Simmons continues to be sidelined with a multi-week knee injury. He’s been sporting a knee brace in the locker room. Simmons is extremely doubtful to play against the Texans on Sunday.

There’s no telling the severity of Autry’s knee injury. His status for Sunday remains questionable until more information is released. With Kyle Peko also being placed on IR, the Titans added two defensive linemen to their 53-man roster, Keondre Coburn and Quinton Bohanna.

Center Aaron Brewer (neck) did not practice and right guard Daniel Brunskill (ankle) was limited. Brunskill didn’t play a full slate against the Dolphins, and was removed out of the lineup as a precaution in favor of Calvin Throckmorton, who played well in his first game as a Titan. Corey Levin would replace Brewer at center if he’s unable to play against Houston.

Tight ends Josh Whyle (knee) and Kevin Rader (illness) did not practice. That leaves Chig Okonkwo and Trevon Wesco as the lone healthy options at the position. An illness designation suggests Rader will be fine, however. Hopefully Whyle is also nearing a return after missing consecutive contests.

Kristian Fulton (hamstring) was placed on IR. The Titans will move forward with Roger McCreary, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Tre Avery, and Eric Garror at cornerback. Fulton has likely played his final game in Tennessee.

Wide receiver Kyle Philips (hamstring) did not practice. Philips was active against the Dolphins after being inactive the week prior. The Titans are trying to ramp up Treylon Burks’ workload, so Philips’ absence wouldn’t be a huge deal.

Linebacker Jack Gibbens did not practice with a back designation. The Titans don’t really have a straightforward replacement for Gibbens after releasing Monty Rice earlier this month. Joe Jones and Chance Campbell are also on IR. Otis Reese and Luke Gifford are on the roster.

TEXANS

All eyes are on Texans rookie quarterback CJ Stroud. Stroud did not practice on Wednesday as he continues through the concussion protocol. There’s a good chance the Texans are starting backup quarterback Davis Mills against the Titans on Sunday.

Fellow Texans first-round rookie Will Anderson Jr. did not practice with an ankle injury. Anderson Jr. has been Houston’s best pass rusher. His absence would be a boost for Jaelyn Duncan and Dillon Radunz.

Wide receiver Nico Collins (calf) did not practice and Noah Brown (knee) was limited. The Texans are hurting at the playmaker positions after Tank Dell also suffered a season-ending injury. Whether it’s Stroud or Mills at quarterback, they’ll hope to have Collins and Brown available.

Offensive tackles Laremy Tunsil (knee) and George Fant (hip) did not practice. We’ll monitor their statuses throughout the week. Linebacker Blake Cashman (hamstring) and cornerback Tavierre Thomas (hamstring) also did not practice. A slew of players were limited, including Robert Woods (rest) and Shaq Mason (calf).