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Titans HC Mike Vrabel: ‘Ryan Tannehill is the QB if Will Levis is sidelined’

NFL: Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel announced that Ryan Tannehill will be the starting quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday if Will Levis is sidelined by injury. Levis is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Vrabel made the announcement while speaking with local members of the media on Wednesday afternoon. Tannehill is expected to receive first-team practice reps later this afternoon. We’ll report back with the official practice update.

Many wondered if Tannehill or sophomore quarterback Malik Willis would serve as the starting quarterback if Levis is unavailable. We can officially put that question to bed. Tannehill has been the backup signal caller, and will assume Levis’ QB1 duties if the rookie quarterback fails to heal in time.

Tannehill hasn’t officially appeared in a game since suffering a high-ankle sprain against the Baltimore Ravens in mid October. Once Tannehill was healthy, he had lost his starting job to first-year phenom Levis. On the season, Tannehill is sporting a 62% completion percentage with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

Tannehill is in the final season of a four-year, $118 million contract extension signed with the Titans ahead of the 2020 campaign. The veteran Tannehill isn’t expected to return to the Titans next season. It sounds like Tannehill will receive another opportunity to start for the Titans before inevitably departing the franchise in the offseason, however.