Taylor Lewan

Titans OL Taylor Lewan Out For Season

Taylor Lewan‘s poor injury luck continues. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweets that the Titans offensive lineman will be out for the season after suffering a knee injury. The news was first reported by Lewan’s podcast, Bussin’ With The Boys, on Twitter.

Lewan went down with a knee injury on the first play of Monday night’s loss to the Bills, but coach Mike Vrabel later suggested it would only be a short-term absence. Instead, it sounds like the Pro Bowl lineman will end up missing the rest of the campaign, making it the second time in three years that he’s appeared in fewer than five games.

The 31-year-old missed 11 games in 2020 thanks to an ACL tear, and he later underwent surgery. Lewan’s latest injury is to the same knee, and considering today’s development, this injury probably doesn’t bode well for the veteran’s ability to return to his Pro Bowl status.

The 2014 first-round pick has spent his entire career in Tennessee. After displaying some remarkable health through his first five seasons in the NFL, Lewan has seemingly been snake bitten in recent years. When the 2022 season concludes, Lewan would have missed 34 of the Titans’ 66 regular season games over the past four years.

Dennis Daley was forced into the lineup last week and ended up appearing in 98 percent of his team’s offensive snaps. The former sixth-round pick started 21 games across three seasons with the Panthers, so there’s a good chance he retains the gig through the year. The team will surely promote someone from the practice squad to provide depth behind Daley and rookie right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, with practice squad tackles Andrew Rupcich and Christian DiLauro candidates for promotion.

Titans To Be Without Taylor Lewan, Bud Dupree In Week 3

As the Titans prepare for a matchup between 0-2 teams coming off playoff appearances, their Raiders tilt will not include Taylor Lewan or Bud Dupree. Tennessee ruled out both starters for Week 3.

Lewan’s absence is not especially surprising, but it certainly will sting a Titans offense that already moved on from two 2021 O-line starters — including veteran guard Rodger Saffold — this offseason. Lewan went down with a knee injury on the first play of Monday night’s loss to the Bills. Mike Vrabel said this week Dupree’s injury was not expected to keep him out in the long term, but the veteran pass rusher will miss at least one game.

The Lewan injury concerns a bit more due to it being the same knee on which he underwent surgery in 2020. Lewan missed 11 games in 2020 because of an ACL tear on his right knee. He returned for Week 1 of the 2021 season and played 13 games, but the 31-year-old blocker’s status may be up in the air for the near future.

While Vrabel offered a timetable for Dupree, he did not answer a question regarding Lewan’s timeline Friday. Lewan remains on Tennessee’s 53-man roster. The three-time Pro Bowl left tackle’s $16MM-per-year deal runs through 2023. Dennis Daley, whom the Titans acquired from the Panthers just before their roster cutdown to 53, is set to start at left tackle. Daley replaced Lewan on Monday and spent much of his 2019 rookie season as the Panthers’ blindside starter.

On its own, Dupree’s hip injury would not concern quite as much. But the Titans are without Harold Landry (ACL) for the season. Dupree, who joined Lewan in suffering an ACL tear in 2020, also battled back to start in Week 1 last year. But the ex-Steelers first-rounder missed six games in 2021 as well. The $16.5MM-per-year pass rusher will miss more time now.

Tennessee will also be without auxiliary pass rusher Ola Adeniyi, who started in Week 1 and came off the bench against the Bills. Despite their mounting injury issues at edge rusher, the Titans opted not to promote Takkarist McKinley from their practice squad this week. That led to the Rams poaching him.

NFL COVID-19 List Updates: 12/29/21

Several key players returned to practice Wednesday. Here are the latest COVID-19 updates from around the league:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

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Las Vegas Raiders

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Los Angeles Rams

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: WR Rico Bussey

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

NFL COVID List Updates: 12/24/21

We’ve compiled a list of players who were placed on or activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list today. In some instances, players activated from the list remain on IR:

Baltimore Ravens

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: S Chuck Clark, C Trystan Colon
  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: RB Nate McCrary
  • Placed on practice squad/COVID-19 list: QB Chris Streveler

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: DB Jordan Fuller, TE Tyler Higbee
  • Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list: OL Cole Williamson

Miami Dolphins

  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: RB Gerrid Doaks

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

  • Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list: RB Travis Homer
  • Activated from practice squad/COVID-19 list: OL Pier-Olivier Lestage

Tennessee Titans

Washington Football Team

Titans Place Rodger Saffold On COVID-19 List, Rule Out Taylor Lewan For Week 16

THURSDAY: Backup left tackle Kendall Lamm also revealed he tested positive (Twitter link via Buck Reising of WGFX), putting the Titans in a bind up front ahead of a matchup with the 49ers’ Nick Bosa-spearheaded defensive line.

WEDNESDAY: The Titans’ two most experienced offensive linemen will miss Thursday night’s game. Rodger Saffold landed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, while Tennessee also ruled out Taylor Lewan due to injury.

A 2019 free agent addition, Saffold has been the Titans’ left guard starter in 44 of a possible 47 games over the past three seasons. He practiced fully on Monday and Tuesday but will be scratched for Week 16.

Lewan is down because of a back injury. The Titans’ longtime left tackle did not practice this week. This will be the eighth-year blocker’s third absence this season. Lewan finished last season on IR, missing 11 games. Both blockers have made significant contributions to both Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill‘s success over the past three years.

Missing the left side of their O-line will certainly add to the Titans’ issues on offense. They have been without Henry, A.J. Brown and Julio Jones for most of the past month and change. However, Brown has a chance to come back to face the 49ers on Thursday; the Titans designated him for return from IR earlier this week. Jones, despite leaving another game early because of his recurring hamstring issue, does not have an injury designation and will suit up against San Francisco.

Titans Place Bud Dupree On PUP List, Caleb Farley On NFI List

The Titans’ top two offseason acquisitions on defense came with injury tags, and each will begin the team’s training camp out of practice. Tennessee placed Bud Dupree on its active/PUP list and parked first-round pick Caleb Farley on its non-football injury list Saturday.

Both can be removed from these respective lists at any point during camp, and each designation was expected. Dupree is coming off a December ACL tear, while Farley missed Tennessee’s minicamp while recovering from offseason back surgery. Were Dupree to land on the Titans’ reserve/PUP list to start the regular season, he would miss the team’s first six games.

Dupree did not offer any clarity on his rehab timetable recently, and given the recovery time for ACL tears, it would not surprise if the ex-Steeler sack artist was held out of camp. Despite the injury and the pandemic-induced salary cap reduction, the Titans gave Dupree a five-year, $82.5MM deal that included $33.8MM fully guaranteed.

Farley has now undergone two back surgeries, with the second coming in March. The first-round cornerback initially encountered lower-back trouble while training ahead of Virginia Tech’s 2019 season, and after he excelled that fall to vault onto the first-round radar, the malady ended his second and final Hokies season early. Farley opted out of the 2020 season, but the Titans — as they did with Jeffery Simmons in 2019 — bet on talent and selected the standout defender 22nd overall. Farley received an NFI designation because his injury occurred before he entered the NFL.

In better Titans news, both A.J. Brown and Taylor Lewan avoided any injury-related designations heading into camp. Brown underwent surgery on both knees this offseason; Lewan is coming back from an ACL tear.

Latest On Titans LT Taylor Lewan

We heard several weeks ago that Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan, whose 2020 season was cut short due to an ACL tear in October, was on track to return for training camp. That might not be the case, however.

As Kayla Anderson of WKRN.com writes, Lewan — who turns 30 next month — hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season. “I could sit here and predict a bunch of things, but you never know what can happen in these next six to seven weeks,” he said. “I expect it to go swimmingly, smooth, but you never know what could happen.”

Lewan said that he’s pleased with the way his rehab is progressing, but there is no definitive timetable at this point. Tennessee expects to have a powerhouse offense in 2021, and having its three-time Pro Bowler anchoring the blindside for the full season would be a major boost to the club’s championship aspirations.

Lewan signed a five-year, $80MM extension in July 2018, which positioned him as the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time. He rewarded the Titans with a Pro Bowl effort that season, but due to the ACL tear and a PED suspension, he has played in just 17 of a possible 32 games over the past two years.

Taylor Lewan On Tack For Training Camp

The Titans were dealt a big blow when star left tackle Taylor Lewan tore his ACL last October. Lewan will turn 30 this summer and is coming off the serious knee injury, but fortunately it sounds like everything is going well.

Lewan is believed to be on schedule in his recovery and should be ready to go at the start of training camp, Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site writes. The Michigan product made the Pro Bowl three straight seasons from 2016-18, and is the anchor of the team’s offensive line. With the team relying so heavily on Derrick Henry, obviously the trenches are of the utmost importance.

Lewan was the 11th overall pick back in 2014. He started at least 15 games every year from 2015-18, but was hit with a four-game PED suspension in 2019. Then he made it only five games last year before going down with the ACL tear.

He’s signed through the 2023 season after inking a five-year, $80MM extension in July of 2018.

Torn ACL For Titans’ Taylor Lewan

On Monday morning, Taylor Lewan‘s worst fears were confirmed. The Titans tackle has been formally diagnosed with a torn ACL (Twitter link via Lewan). 

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I can’t wait to watch my guys crush it, I’m going to be the biggest Titans fan each and every Sunday,” Lewan wrote. “We are doing something special here and this small set back doesn’t change a thing!

It’s a bad blow for the Titans, who advanced to 5-0 with their overtime win against the Texans. They managed to pull out the W without Lewan at left tackle, but it wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. Shortly after Ty Sambrailo took over, he allowed J.J. Watt to blow past him and surrendered a sack.

Lewan, a three-time Pro Bowler, stands as one of the NFL’s better left tackles. He’s also a locker room leader for the Titans. Last year, he earned an 80.2 grade from Pro Football Focus, slotting him as the No. 11 tackle in the league. That score was good for fifth among left tackles and his run-blocking grade was the best of any LT. He’s been consistently strong, too, routinely earning top 10 scores for pass and run blocking throughout his career.

If the Titans don’t want to move forward with Sambrailo as their LT, they could bump first-round pick Isaiah Wilson to the starting cast. After being cleared from the COVID-19 list, the Georgia standout could debut as soon as Sunday against the Steelers.

Torn ACL For Titans’ Taylor Lewan?

The Titans fear that tackle Taylor Lewan has suffered a torn ACL, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com (on Twitter) has also confirmed the news, though Lewan won’t officially know the diagnosis until he undergoes an MRI. 

Lewan went down in the third quarter of the Titans’ win over the Texans on Sunday. The Titans replaced him with Ty Sambrailo and went on to win 42-36, keeping their undefeated record in tact. Sambrailo allowed J.J. Watt to blow past him and gave up a sack – a sign that they could be in trouble without their three-time Pro Bowl left tackle.

Lewan, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 draft, started in at least 15 games between 2015 and 2018, earning Pro Bowl nods in every year from ’16 through ’18. Despite last year’s suspension, the 29-year-old has blossomed into one of the league’s better tackles.

Sambrailo figures to take over, but the Titans could also consider moving tackle Dennis Kelly over to the left side. First-round pick Isaiah Wilson, who was shelved on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, could also be an option as he returned to practice earlier this week.