Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Colton Dowell suffered a serious knee injury in Sunday’s embarrassing 26-3 defeat to the Houston Texans. Dowell suffered a torn ACL and meniscus, according to Paul Kuharsky. From the moment he suffered the injury and was taken off the field, it was clear that Dowell had suffered a serious setback.
#Titans WR Colton Dowell suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee in Sunday’s loss in Houston.— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) January 2, 2024
The No. 228 overall selection in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL Draft, Dowell will finish his rookie campaign with one catch for three yards. It was a learning experience for Dowell, who will now spend the entire offseason attempting to rehab from knee surgery.
A small school product, Dowell didn’t flash much NFL potential as a first-year receiver. He slowly developed into a quality special teams player, where he played the majority of his reps as a rookie. Unfortunately for Dowell, he’ll miss the offseason training months that would have allowed him to take desired steps forward as a potential playmaker.
The timeline for Dowell’s recovery isn’t encouraging. Dowell will miss voluntary and mandatory work throughout May/June. He’ll unlikely be healthy for training camp and preseason in July/August as well. Dowell is likely facing a 9-to-10 month recovery timeline, which takes him into the middle of the regular season in October. That’s not ideal for a back-end-of-roster fringe player.
The Titans could never count on Dowell being a productive receiver next season. That slim possibility is now off the table altogether. General manager Ran Carthon and head coach Mike Vrabel must aggressively upgrade the receiver position throughout the offseason. Dowell’s absence will mostly be felt via special teams, where the Titans will have to count on another player in 2024, at least throughout the early portion of the schedule.