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Titans Place OT Jack Conklin on IR with Knee Injury

The Titans have placed starting right tackle Jack Conklin on injured reserve according to the team’s official website.

Head coach Mike Vrabel had been holding out hope that Conklin could return after getting injured last Thursday, but his knee obviously was not responding the way the team had hoped.

2018 has been mostly a lost season for Conklin, who has developed into one of the league’s best tackles since the Titans made him the No.8-overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Michigan State.

Conklin tore his ACL in last January’s playoff loss and missed the first three games of the this season while rehabbing.

Still only 24, Conklin will have an excellent shot at a bounce-back effort in the second-to-last year of his rookie contract in 2019. Dennis Kelly is the next man up for Tennessee.

Texans Runaway From Titans; Overcome Early Tennessee Lead in 34-17 Beatdown

Things started good for the Titans on Monday night in Houston, as they built an early 10-0 less than seven minutes into the game.

Then, as fast as they took an early double-digit lead, they watched it get wiped out in an avalanche of points by the Texans, who slammed the Titans 34-17 for their 8th straight win.

The loss puts the Titans at 5-6, and after the weekend’s results they are sitting as the 11th seed in the AFC in terms of trying to make the postseason.

The Titans offense was overmatched against the Texans for most of the night. Texans QB Deshaun Watson finished 19-of-24 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while adding 70 yards and a score on the ground.

Houston running back Lamar Miller ran for 162 yards and a touchdown, and Demaryius Thomas caught his first two touchdowns in a Texans uniform.

The backbreaker came when Miller raced 97 yards after a defensive stop at the three-yard line in the second quarter that killed a Titans drive.

The touchdown put the Texans up 21-10 at the nine minute mark of the second quarter, and for all intensive purposes, put the game away.

Marcus Mariota hit on 22-of-23 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns, missing his first pass late in the game, but by then it didn’t matter.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Limited in Wednesday Practice as Team Prepares for Texans

While he still has a few days till kickoff, the news on the injury for Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is not all that promising.

The QB was officially “limited” in Wednesday’s practice, this after he suffered a stinger in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Colts, and did not return.

“I am feeling good,” Mariota said. “I was able to go through individual (drills), and I am taking it one day at a time, but it felt pretty good today.”

The Titans have a key Monday night showdown with first-place Houston, and due to the game being on Monday do not have to submit an injury report until tomorrow

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota was limited in his work on Wednesday.

“He did a little bit,” Vrabel said. “He didn’t take the normal reps that he would take. But we are hopeful that he’ll progress as the week goes on.”

Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota Suffers Elbow Injury in Loss to Colts

An already horrible day got even worse for the Titans when quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered an elbow injury after being sacked by Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry with seconds remaining in the second quarter, Turron Davenport of ESPN reports.

Mariota stayed down for a moment then was walked off the field shaking his right hand. With only 24 seconds left in the first half, the training staff took Mariota directly into the locker room. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert came in to relieve Mariota and has remained in the game.

Titans Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees Taken to Hospital During Teams’ Loss to Colts

Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken from the press box to a hospital because of a medical issue during Sunday’s game, Turron Davenport of ESPN reports.

The team called the medical staff to the coach’s box during the first quarter. Pees was able to walk out of the press box under his own power but was asked to sit in a wheelchair before being taken to the hospital for further observation.

Pees, 69, is in his first season as the Titans’ defensive coordinator. He came out of retirement to join Mike Vrabel’s staff.

Pees had announced after last season that he was retiring as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator, a job he had held since the 2012 season. He was the team’s linebackers coach in 2010 and ’11.

Titans RB Dion Lewis Slams ‘Cheap’ Patriots After Tennessee Beatdown of New England

Titans running back Dion Lewis opened up about how he feels about the New England Patriots just minutes after his team, the Tennessee Titans, defeated them, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

“It’s a real sweet win,” Lewis said of Tennessee’s 34-10 triumph over New England, per NFL Network’s Michael Giardi. “Especially when you used to be there and they didn’t want to bring you back. Definitely real sweet.”

A quick history lesson on Lewis: The running back who followed in LeSean McCoy’s footsteps at the University of Pittsburgh first flourished with the Philadelphia Eagles before ending up in Cleveland, where he broke his leg in the preseason while with the Browns in 2013. That left him without a job for most of 2014, but not for long, as the Patriots signed him to a low-risk futures contract on New Year’s Eve.

Lewis flourished from there with New England, so much that when it was time for a new deal, he had more than one suitor. According to Lewis, the team he gave his heart and soul to in exchange for on-field success didn’t want to open the checkbook to keep him around.

Lewis was expendable. That burns.

He got his revenge Sunday, when his Titans beat the Patriots with a total team effort, sending them back to New England with their tail between their legs after an unexpected result. Lewis rushed 20 times for just 57 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards, but it was the fashion (see: dominant) in which the Titans beat the Patriots that made it so sweet for the running back.

“Hell yeah it’s personal,” Lewis said. “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your ass kicked.”

Titans at Bills NFL Week Five Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Bills matchup at home against the Titans

Titans

QB Austin Davis
RB Dalyn Dawkins
DE Matt Dickerson
OT Dennis Kelly
OT Aaron Stinnie
S Kenny Vaccaro
LB Wesley Woodyard

Bills

OG Ike Boettger
S Rafael Bush
S Micah Hyde
CB Dontae Johnson
OT Conor McDermott
RB Marcus Murphy
OG Wyatt Teller

New Titans CB Malcolm Butler Not Happy with His First Few Games in Tennessee

The Titans signed cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year deal this offseason, but the cornerback has struggled in his first four games with his new team.

The issues are rooted in some of the basics of his position, Malcolm Butler insists. Things within his control, Erik Bacharach of the Tennessean reports.

“Eye control, fundamentals,” the Titans cornerback said, shaking his head. “Just a lot of stuff I’m beating myself on.

“It’s very frustrating. I know it’s frustrating to the fans. (It’s) going to get better, man. It’ll get better.”

“It’s eye control and awareness,” Butler said before elaborating. “Just having your eyes on your man instead of the quarterback. Just something I got to work on and stop being so aggressive and let plays come to me instead of going to plays.”

It was the fourth touchdown pass Butler has allowed in as many games this season, his first with the Titans (3-1), who next play the Buffalo Bills (1-3) on Sunday (noon, CBS).

“Just got to play smarter,” said Butler, who had 10 tackles and a sack against the Eagles. “Not get beat, man. It’s things I’m doing on my own. It’s things I can fix. Just got to keep playing and just keep swinging my way out of the slump. I’ve got to keep swinging.”