The 2020 season has been filled with unexpected hurdles and unforeseen challenges for the Tennessee Titans. After beginning the year with what many thought to be a roster structured to contend for a title, the Titans have not only been plagued by injuries that forced key starters to miss extended periods of time, but the team was also the first NFL organization to fall victim to the COVID-19 restrictions.

In a year with so many roster moves already having been made through General Manager Jon Robinson, the team announced today that linebacker David Long Jr. has been placed on the Reserve-COVID-19 List.

Long is a rotational piece on what has been an anemic Titans defense this season. The sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft has played mostly on special teams in his short tenure as a Titan, but is most remembered for his efforts in the 2019 AFC Divisional Round Game against the same Baltimore Ravens team that the Titans will face on Sunday.

Long was given the starting nod in Baltimore due to an injury suffered by Jayon Brown. Long would go on to make six tackles and was on the field for 49% of the Titans’ defensive snaps. Long has not since had much of an impact on the defensive side of the ball, logging just 25 snaps on defense through nine games this season.

With Long off of the 53-man roster for the time being, the Titans elected to designate rookie running back Darrynton Evans for return. This designation gives the Titans’ 2020 third rounder out of Appalachian State a 21-day timeframe to return to practicing with the team while not being counted on the Titans’ active roster.

Evans, who has been dealing with hamstring issues for the entirety of the season, was placed on Injured Reserve following the Titans’ Week  5 win against the Buffalo Bills. He was drafted in hopes to spell Derrick Henry in the backfield while also adding a spark in the passing game with the big play ability he displayed frequently in college.

Evans has just five carries for 21 yards on the year. Once activated, he will join the likes of Jeremy McNichols and D’Onta Foreman, two players that continue to show flashes despite limited touches for the Titans.


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