The Tennessee Titans were dealt a major blow prior to the start of training camp when left tackle Taylor Lewan announced via Twitter that he had been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances.
For Lewan, who says he unknowingly took the banned substance via a supplement that didn’t list the banned substance as an ingredient, it would be easy to focus on himself until he returns to the field in week five.
But that’s not how the three-time Pro-Bowler is approaching his suspension.
Lewan is putting the team first. And he’s doing that by helping his fellow offensive linemen do everything they can to prepare for the 2019 season.
As offensive line coach Keith Carter put it, Lewan’s primary role in training camp is no longer to prepare himself to play in 2019. His primary role, for now, is to help his teammates get ready for the Cleveland Browns in week one.
.@Titans o-line coach Keith Carter pays LT @TaylorLewan77 a really nice compliment. Lewan, who is facing a four-game suspension, has been working with the second team in camp. pic.twitter.com/atG7nQAHxG
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 12, 2019
I can’t imagine how tough it is for Lewan to go to practice every day, knowing that he won’t be able to participate in game action for four weeks.
But at the same, that competitiveness, that desire to win, is what’s fueling Lewan’s decision to embrace his training camp role.
Lewan wants to win more than anything. And he knows that making sure his teammates are prepared for the first four weeks of the season gives his team the best chance to start the season 4-0 (which is the goal, not the expectation).
The Titans might not have Lewan on the field for the first four weeks of the 2019 season, but that doesn’t mean his presence won’t be felt.
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