The Tennessee Titans released Wednesday’s injury report ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Seattle Seahawks. A season-high 14 Titans players (!) did not practice. Most notably, starting quarterback Will Levis continues to nurse an ankle injury.
Head coach Mike Vrabel has already stated that Ryan Tannehill will start against the Seahawks if Levis is ruled OUT. At this point, it’s difficult to imagine Levis getting healthy on such a short turnaround. Levis appears to be nursing a multi-week injury.
On the offensive line, starting interior linemen Aaron Brewer (ankle) and Daniel Brunskill (ankle) were among the absentees. Corey Levin would fill in for Brewer at center. Brunskill has been playing through a painful injury. Calvin Throckmorton would earn the start in Brunskill’s place.
At wide receiver, Treylon Burks (illness) and Kyle Philips (hamstring) did not practice. Burks seems to be suffering from an illness that ran through the Titans’ locker room last week. Burks is coming off an impressive showing and should hope to build on that performance this weekend. Elsewhere in the room, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine was placed on season-ending IR with a hand injury.
Linebackers Jack Gibbens (back) and Luke Gifford (hamstring) did not practice. The Titans must believe at least one of them could miss Sunday’s game, because they added linebacker Garret Wallow to their 53-man roster. Wallow could be in line to start next to Azeez Al-Shaair.
In the secondary, safeties Amani Hooker (knee) and K’Von Wallace (quad) did not practice. Nor did cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (hip). The Titans could be relying on Mike Brown, Terrell Edmunds, and Elijah Molden at safety.
Superstar defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons continues to miss practice with a knee injury. Simmons is the type of ultimate competitor that will likely return to the field when healthy despite the Titans already being eliminated from postseason contention. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards against the Seahawks, however.
Defensive linemen TK McLendon Jr. (shoulder) and tight end Trevon Wesco (shin) round out Tennessee’s final absentees at practice. Denico Autry and DeAndre Hopkins were limited with rest designations. Rookie tight end Josh Whyle (knee) was a full participant, hinting that he’s nearing a return.
Most notably for the Seahawks was the return of starting quarterback Geno Smith. Backup quarterback Drew Lock had been starting in Smith’s place. It appears Smith is primed to reclaim his gig against the Titans on Sunday. The Seahawks are making a final push for the playoffs.