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Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill reportedly could miss significant time with ankle injury

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill exited Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens in London with an ankle injury, being taken into the locker room on a cart. Now, Tennessee could reportedly be without its starting quarterback for several weeks.

Tannehill struggled before his injury, completing just 8-of-16 attempts with 76 passing yards and an interception. However, behind an offensive line that has allowed the fourth-most sacks (23) in the NFL, the veteran quarterback provided someone with the poise to handle the Titans’ offensive issues.

  • Ryan Tannehill stats 2023: 71.9 QB rating, 62% completion rate, 2-6 TD-INT, 1,128 passing yards, 7.1 yards per attempt, 2-4 record, 19 sacks in six games

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After being taken into the locker room during the third quarter, Tennessee later ruled its starting quarterback out with an ankle injury. On Monday, the Titans learned early details on the severity of his injury.

According to ESPN’s Turron Davenport and Jeremy Fowler, Tannehill suffered a high-ankle sprain on Sunday against Baltimore. The fear is the veteran quarterback could miss multiple games in the coming weeks.

On Monday, head coach Mike Vrabel told reporters is similar to the injury he suffered last season. As of now, the franchise hasn’t decided on Tannehill’s availability moving forward.

Tennessee did catch a slight break with the injury happening before its Week 7 bye, providing Tannehill with two weeks to rest before a decision needs to be made. However, a high-ankle sprain can oftentimes take three-plus weeks to recover from.

It puts the Titans in a perilous position, already sitting at 2-4 with the offense struggling. Now, the veteran starter who could at least consistently make accurate throws to DeAndre Hopkins and knew how to handle constant pressure is potentially out long-term.

There’s another impact Tannehill’s injury will have on Tennessee offensively. With Tannehill under center. Across 414 snaps this season, Tannehill took 19 sacks with Pro Football Focus grading him as partially responsible for 9.7 percent of allowed pressures.

Willis, who is expected to be the Titans’ starting quarterback, took four sacks on Sunday despite being on the field for only 18 snaps. It felt reminiscent of last season when PFF graded him as partially responsible for 23.5 percent of pressures.

The Titans will return from their bye week to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 on Oct. 29. Depending on the results of that game, Tennessee could be a seller at the NFL trade deadline on Oct. 31.

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