The Tennessee Titans (4-8) and Miami Dolphins (9-3) released injury reports on Thursday ahead of Monday’s primetime meeting. A loss could eliminate the Titans from postseason contention. Most notably for Tennessee, superstar running back Derrick Henry was limited with a rest designation.
There was some confusion whether or not Henry was placed in the concussion protocol earlier this week. A concussion check forced Henry out of Sunday’s eventual defeat to the Indianapolis Colts. Mike Vrabel confirmed that Henry is NOT in the protocol. Henry, who rushed for 100-plus yards and two touchdowns in limited action on Sunday, will play against the Dolphins.
Jeffery Simmons will miss Monday’s game with a knee injury. Vrabel called him week-to-week. The Titans have yet to place Simmons on IR, so his return-to-play timeline could be sooner than four weeks. The Titans will lean on the likes of Kyle Peko, Teair Tart, Jaleel Johnson, and TK McLendon Jr. against the Dolphins.
Punter Ryan Stonehouse hasn’t officially been placed on IR, so he still appears on the injury report. The Titans added punter Ty Zentner to the practice squad. Zentner will be elevated on Monday to punt against the Dolphins.
Cornerback Kristian Fulton did not practice with a hamstring designation. Hamstring injuries have routinely derailed Fulton in Tennessee. The Titans will likely start Tre Avery, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Roger McCreary at cornerback versus the Dolphins. Tyreek Hill salivates.
Tight end Josh Whyle (knee) did not practice. Nor did linebacker Joe Jones (finger). The Titans could be shorthanded on special teams for Tom Quinn’s debut overseeing that unit. Aaron Brewer (shoulder) and Luke Gifford (shin) were limited, but appear to be trending in the right direction.
Left tackle Terron Armstead (knee/ankle) did not practice. A proven veteran, the Dolphins are likely managing Armstead’s reps. Starting guard Robert Hunt (hamstring) also didn’t practice. Former Titan Kendall Lamm sat out with a rest/back designation.
Hill didn’t practice, but “rest” is attached to his report. Linebacker Jerome Baker is nursing a knee injury and did not practice. Safety Jevon Holland (knees) did not practice.
The Dolphins have some crucial players on the injury report with legitimate designations. We’ll be following their daily reports closely.