Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. He suffered a high ankle sprain to his right ankle in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. Malik Willis finished the remainder of the game at quarterback.
Tannehill is currently wearing a cast on his right ankle to prevent him from putting weight on his ankle. Tannehill doesn’t expect to get surgery. Typically, this injury takes four to six weeks to recover from.
Tennessee Titans starting QB suffered the same injury last year.
Ryan Tannehill suffered the same ankle injury last season. Tannehill suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 7 against the Indianapolis Colts. He missed the next two games. He returned from the injury but reinjured his ankle in Week 15 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Tannehill missed the remainder of the season.
Tannehill underwent tightrope surgery last year in December.
Who will get the start under center?
Head Coach Mike Vrabel hasn’t announced who will be under center in Week 8. There is a likelihood that Malik Willis and Will Levis get an opportunity to play. Both got first-team reps in practice during their bye week.
Potential starting QB number one.
Tennessee traded up to take Willis 86th overall in the 2022 draft. He served as Tannehill’s backup in his rookie season. He got three starts, going 1-2. He was 31/61 for 276 yards, 50.8% completion percentage, 4.5 yards per attempt, and three interceptions.
Mike Vrabel benched Willis and started Joshua Dobbs for the season’s last two games. Dobbs went 0-2 and missed the playoffs. Dobbs was 40/68 for 411 yards, 58.8% completion percentage, 6.0 yards per attempt, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Potential starting QB number two.
Tennessee traded up in the second round to draft Will Levis 33rd overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. Levis and Willis competed for the backup job during the offseason.
Will Levis injured his left thigh during a joint practice with the Minnesota Vikings and missed the next two preseason games. Tennessee named Malik Willis as the backup to Tannehill.
Levis fully recovered from his thigh injury and was inactive for the first six games.
What happens next?
The Tennessee Titans’ future at QB remains a mystery. We don’t know how long Tannehill will be out with that high ankle sprain. His injury isn’t considered as bad as last year. There is a good chance he only misses a few weeks.
Another question is, who will be the QB during crunch time in Week 8? Mike Vrabel will have to think this one through.
Ryan Tannehill is in the last year of his 4-year, $118 million contract. He will be an unrestricted free agent during the 2024 offseason.
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