At the end of September, Terry McCormick of MainStreetMediaTN.com reported that the charge of aggravated assault by strangulation against Titans running back Hassan Haskins had been dropped. Haskins was charged in June following an argument with his girlfriend, Makiah Green (who was, at the time of McCormick’s report, still facing her own charges of aggravated assault by strangulation, vandalism over $2,500, and assault with a deadly weapon).
Haskins will nonetheless be unable to suit up for Tennessee this year, as he was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury before roster cutdowns at the end of August. One day later, he was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List due to the pending criminal charge, though he was removed from the list shortly after his assault charge was dropped, which made him eligible to return to the team facility.
Even though he avoided criminal penalties and will apparently avoid any league discipline as well, Haskins’ future with the Titans remains unclear. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2022 draft by the club’s prior GM, Jon Robinson, and received just 25 carries in his rookie campaign (which did give him the second-most rushing attempts among Tennessee’s running backs, as bell cow Derrick Henry once again served as the team’s offensive fulcrum). The Titans’ new GM, Ran Carthon, added promising talent Tyjae Spears in the third round of this year’s draft, and in July, it was reported that Haskins had fallen behind Spears on the depth chart.
Obviously, missing the entirety of his second pro season will not help Haskins’ cause. On the other hand, Henry is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, and if the Titans decide against giving a new contract to the two-time rushing champion, Haskins may have a chance to earn a larger workload.