The Tennessee Titans offensive line suffered a big loss on Sunday in the team’s 42-36 overtime win against the Houston Texans. It has been confirmed by the team that franchise left tackle Taylor Lewan has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season.
The three-time Pro Bowler is a key player on the Titans offensive line, protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s blindside and creating gaping holes for the Titans’ star running back Derrick Henry. The Titans are currently undefeated, boasting a 5-0 record.
Lewan was missed just moments after he exited the game with the injury. His replacement Ty Sambrailo let Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt blow right by him, allowing a strip-sack of Tannehill, a few players after Lewan went to the sideline.
Obviously, Sambrailo might not be the solution for replacing Lewan. The Titans can also look at swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who is currently playing right tackle. They also have rookie Isaiah Wilson, but he is still raw and hasn’t seen any playing time this year.
The Titans signed Lewan to a huge contract in 2018, a five-year deal worth $80 million with $50 million in guarantees.
He was drafted by the Titans in 2014 with the No. 11 overall pick and has become one of the best left tackles in the league.