The Tennessee Titans may have to rely on two quarterbacks this upcoming Sunday when they take on the Atlanta Falcons, as head coach Mike Vrabel indicated that both Malik Willis and rookie Will Levis could see playing time if Ryan Tannehill is unable to play due to a high ankle sprain.
Following the Titans’ 24-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6, Tannehill suffered a right high ankle sprain, which is similar to the ankle sprain he had last season that caused him to miss two games. Unfortunately for Tannehill, a second injury to the same ankle resulted in surgery and placed him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Coach Vrabel mentioned that Tannehill is no longer using a walking device but will not be able to practice with the team as they resumed practice after their bye week. The team plans to monitor Tannehill’s progress throughout the week to determine his availability.
During the bye week, Tannehill took time to rest and recover while Willis and Levis utilized the facility for throwing sessions with wide receiver Treylon Burks. Burks, who had missed the last three games with a knee injury, is set to practice this week.
In Tannehill’s absence, the coaching staff will split practice reps between the two young quarterbacks. The Titans traded up in the third round of the 2022 draft to select Willis, highlighting their belief in his potential. Additionally, they invested in another young quarterback this year by trading up to the No.33 pick to acquire Levis.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Tannehill’s status, running back Derrick Henry expressed confidence in both Willis and Levis. He believes they are eager to showcase their abilities, gain valuable practice reps, and contribute to the team’s success.
While the Titans navigate Tannehill’s injury, they were involved in some trade activity on Monday. The team traded safety Kevin Byard to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a fifth and sixth-round pick in next year’s draft, along with veteran safety Terrell Edmunds. Vrabel addressed the media’s inquiries about potential trades and stated that the team is always open to opportunities that can strengthen the roster, but nothing immediate is on the horizon.
As trade talks continue, Henry emphasized that he remains focused on winning and preparing for the upcoming game against the Falcons. He stated that until he receives any indication otherwise, his sole focus is on performing well at practice and contributing to the team’s success on the field.
As Sunday’s game approaches, it remains to be seen whether Tannehill will be able to suit up for the Titans. However, the team appears prepared to utilize the talents of both Willis and Levis if necessary, demonstrating their confidence in these young quarterbacks.