NASHVILLE — Since landing in Nashville as the Tennessee Titans (5-0) 2020 first round pick, right tackle Isaiah Wilson’s brief tenure has been nothing short of disastrous.

The self-destructive behavior continued this week.

Wilson showed up late to the team’s facility Wednesday with what has been described as a headache, per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Chain Reaction

Tennessee’s rookie tackle was listed as missing practice Wednesday and Thursday with an illness. He returned to the practice field Friday and participated in individual drills during the portion open to to the media.

When coach Mike Vrabel was asked Friday about what he needs to see from Wilson to get more of a feel for how he can help the team Vrabel said “to start with, more than a Friday practice.”

It is unclear as to the severity of Wilson’s headache or what it might have been the result of. The inability to simply show up to work on time, though, follows a troubling pattern of behavior. Left tackle Taylor Lewan tore his ACL in the team’s 42-36 overtime victory against the Houston Texans in Week 6 and tackle depth for the Titans is now tenuous at best. Wilson likely would not factor into Tennessee’s short-term plans with swing tackle Ty Sambrailo filling in on the left side and veteran Dennis Kelly entrenched on the right.

That the rookie continues to be unavailable largely due to his own actions voids any impact he could have, one way or another.

“He’s a disaster,” one source said.

Another source described Wilson as “lazy” and “useless.”

Isaiah Wilson’s Rocky Titans Start

Wilson has had two separate stints on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list for exposure to the coronavirus, the second of which lasted for more than a month. The Georgia product has also had run-ins with Tennessee State University campus police at an off-campus gathering and has been arrested for DUI all since April 2020.

The NFL sent out enhanced measures to help curb infection rates within its 32 clubs after Tennessee underwent the league’s first official outbreak. A total of 24 players and team personnel tested positive between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11. All 12 Titans players have since been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Titans host the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) on Oct. 25. Kickoff is at noon local time.

Austin Stanley, Zach Bingham and Buck Reising collaborated on this story. 

Featured Image: George Walker IV/ The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK.

 


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