The Tennessee Titans are set to face off against the Baltimore Ravens in the wildcard round of the playoffs. Here are the important roster moves and injuries you need to know about that could affect the game.
Perhaps the most welcome news the Titans received all week concerning the roster was that veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski will be able to play on Sunday against Baltimore.
Gostkowski missed the Titans’ regular-season finale after testing positive for the coronavirus, but his quarantine period has ended and the Titans added him back to the active roster on Thursday.
The longtime Patriots kicker has an immense amount of playoff experience, and he’s obviously the Titans’ best option should they end up needing a field goal in a key situation.
G Aaron Brewer and DL Teair Tart are on the Titans’ COVID-19/Reserve list as of Saturday, and neither is likely to play. The only player on Baltimore’s COVID-19/Reserve list is punter Sam Koch.
A.J. Brown on his status for Sunday’s game: “If I’ve got breath in my body, I’m gonna play.” #Titans
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) January 8, 2021
Purely in terms of players on the active roster, the Titans are the healthiest they’ve been all season.
Friday’s injury report listed zero players with injury designations. That means that all 53 players on the Titans’ active roster, plus the two players they elevated from the practice squad, will be available on Sunday.
That includes WR A.J. Brown, who, despite not practicing on Thursday or Friday, declared that he will play so long as there is “breath in his body.”
The Ravens listed seven players as “questionable” on their final injury report, including explosive pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
Practice Squad Elevations
For their two allotted practice squad elevations this week, the Titans selected OLB Brooks Reed and OL Daniel Munyer.
Reed is a veteran pass rusher who notched a sack in the Titans’ regular-season finale against the Texans. Munyer will serve as a depth piece on the interior of the offensive line.
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