NASHVILLE — Corner Adoree’ Jackson ranks as one of the Tennessee Titans most promising young players. Through 12 weeks of the 2020 NFL season, No. 25 has yet to appear in a game.

Tennessee’s top corner suffered a knee injury in a closed practice this September leading up to the team’s Week 1 road game against the Denver Broncos. On Oct. 21, Jackson received the designation to return from Injured Reserve ahead of a match up against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. A source told AtoZ Sports that Jackson could be expected to play Pittsburgh in Week 7.

But on the Saturday prior to facing the Steelers, no activation was made.

Where Was The Setback

Aug 20, 2020; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (25) warms up during a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV/The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK

Tennessee designated Jackson to return but did not activate to the 53-man roster until the full 21-day window to do so had expired.

Jackson has not only been inactive for every game the Titans have played since Nov. 11, the corner has yet to even practice with the team. Roster manipulation always remained a possibility for Jackson without a full bill of health. The fourth-year out of USC had to be brought off of IR once he was designated to return or be shut down for the remainder of the year.

So, what the hell happened?

“No, I don’t think that there’s necessarily been a setback,” coach Mike Vrabel said on Thursday. “(Adoree’)s working his way back. He has good days and he has bad days. And, when he has bad days, he’s not out there practicing.”

However Jackson’s injury occurred, 12 weeks is enough time to have questions.

Breon Borders has provided much needed stability and relief. Malcolm Butler’s playing the best football of his Tennessee tenure. Kevin Byard, while not at an All Pro level, has held up relatively well alongside Kenny Vacarro and Amani Hooker. The Titans secondary has now stabilized nicely since being condemned as one of worst in the sport at the start of the season.

Adoree’ Jackson’s situation, however, remains on unsettled ground.


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