The Tennessee Titans are on the sideline and hope to come out healthier on the other side,That’s actually possible, but the injury report from Thursday’s practice is still pretty long.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean we should worry too much about availability.
The only player of fair interest, whose status is uncertain, is fullback Roger McCreary.. McCreary was limited Wednesday by a hamstring, but was downgraded to inactive Thursday.. Being downgraded during the week is never a good sign.
Two other players who will not play on Sunday are quarterback Ryan Tannehill and fullback Josh Whyle, although those absences are expected at this time.
However, there is a lot of good news.. Aaron Brewer and Denico Autry went from limited attendance on Wednesday to full attendance on Thursday.
Additionally, no downgrades for players who missed the Week 6 game like Treylon Burks, Teair Tart, Elijah Molden and Luke Gifford.
The value of Burks and Tart was obvious from the start, but reclaiming Molden and Gifford would also be huge.. With the trade of Kevin Byard to the Eagles, Molden has a chance to start at safety.. Gifford, on the other hand, primarily played on special teams, but the Titans also used Gifford on the edge of the defense.
The Titans’ fringe players haven’t had a great year with Harold Landry, Autry and Arden Key, especially in the paint.
Gifford is a big, physical defender who isn’t much of a passer but can protect the run with his size and speed.. He could get some defensive snaps against a Falcons offense that likes to run to the perimeter.
Some may be concerned to see Derrick Henry and DeAndre Hopkins on the roster, but as mentioned, this is just a break for two experienced veterans, with no need to practice all week to get ready ready to compete.. Expect to see both on Sunday..