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Banged-up Titans lean on next man up before Colts' rematch

Wed Nov 25 5:13pm ET
By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Pro Football Writer

Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Jayon Brown reacts while leaving the field with trainers after suffering an apparent injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry reacts after taking a hit while running with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Tennessee Titans safety Amani Hooker (37) prepares to intercept a pass from Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, not visible, intended for wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are testing the NFL's cliche of next man up.

Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan is out for the season with a torn ACL, and his replacement just went on injured reserve. The Titans also have a pair of three-time Pro Bowlers on injured reserve in punter Brett Kern and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. Starting cornerback Adoree Jackson has yet to play this season.

Offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, Tennessee's first-round draft pick, finally dressed for a game last week but has yet to play a snap after two stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list since the start of training camp.

Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel talks about opportunity. The Titans (7-3) have plenty of those available with 10 players on injured reserve as they prepare for their second showdown with Indianapolis within three weeks on Sunday - with only the top of the AFC South on the line.

''Some guys, that's the definition of a pro,'' Vrabel said. ''They make the hard look easy. Everybody that's healthy and available that's practicing on the active roster or the practice squad knows their job is to be ready to play in a football game. Sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn't. But that's their job.''

And now leading tackler Jayon Brown is the latest on injured reserve.

''You just hate to see it, especially someone like Jayon who comes in and works his tail off and does everything the right way,'' defensive lineman DaQuan Jones said Wednesday. ''At the same time, it's the next man mentality and whoever we put back there ... we're all confident they're going to get the job done.''

Veteran David Quessenberry replaced Ty Sambrailo last weekend when Lewan's replacement got hurt late in the Titans' 30-24 overtime win over Baltimore. He's expected to get the first shot at left tackle.

He might be starting next to Aaron Brewer, who got his first career start last week filling in for injured left guard Rodger Saffold. Center Ben Jones played despite not practicing all week with an injured knee. Quessenberry and Brewer had key blocks on D errick Henry's 29-yard TD run in overtime.

''I just had to go out there and do my job,'' Henry said.

Outside linebacker Derick Roberson and safety Amani Hooker also got the first starts of their career last week. Hooker came up with six tackles and his team-best third interception of the season.

The Titans used veteran Will Compton to replace Brown. Other options include David Long, who's been on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Daren Bates and Nick Dzubnar.

Tennessee is close to getting some players back thanks to the NFL allowing players to return after missing three games on injured reserve.

Jackson was activated to the three-week window to practice for a return on Nov. 11. The Titans also moved Kern to that return window Tuesday and are confident enough he'll be available Sunday that they waived punters Trevor Daniel and Ryan Allen, who was on the practice squad.

Cornerbacks Kristian Fulton, their second-round pick out of LSU in April, and Tye Smith also were moved to the practice window for possible activation off injured reserve.

''Obviously when you get a really good football player a chance to be back at any point in time it makes you feel good,'' special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman said.

NOTES: Vrabel is taking advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday to give his Titans a day off Thursday after working Tuesday instead. ... WR Adam Humphries and S Kenny Vaccaro each practiced fully Wednesday in a step toward being cleared from the concussion protocol. Saffold (ankle), Jones (knee) and CB Malcolm Butler (rib) were limited. Jackson, WR A.J. Brown (knee) and Kelly did not practice.

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David Montgomery Nov 25 5:20pm ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery (concussion) has cleared league protocol's, setting him up to return to the lineup in Week 12 against the Packers. Montgomery was unable to play last week but is poised to make his return to a Bears offense that is struggling immensely right now. It also has been a highly disappointing season for the second-year running back, who is posting only 3.6 yards per carry with 684 all-purpose yards and only two total touchdowns. Montgomery, however, will have a favorable matchup against a Packers Defense that is allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Green Bay has allowed 14 touchdowns to the running back position and have surrendered 80+ all-purpose yards to eight different backs this season. Montgomery will slot in as a RB3 option with a low ceiling in Week 12.

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Davante Adams Nov 25 5:20pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams will go up against a Bears secondary that is allowing the third fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. The matchup is tough but nothing seems to stop Adams these days. The 28-year-old is one of the hottest fantasy players in the game right now, posting 45 receptions for 594 yards and eight touchdowns over his last five games. Adams is averaging 11.1 targets a game for the season and will face a Bears Defense that has allowed five touchdowns to receivers all season. The matchup may seem daunting, but Adams needs to be active in all starting lineups across all fantasy formats for Week 12.

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Philip Rivers Nov 25 5:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (toe) didn't practice on Wednesday, but head coach Frank Reich said Rivers was held out as a precaution and could practice if needed after he bruised his toe in the Week 11 win over the Packers. Thursday is a scheduled off day for the whole team, so the veteran signal-caller will get a couple days to rest before taking on the division-rival Titans in Week 12 on Sunday. Rivers' first year with Indy got off to a rough start, but he's been hot of late and threw for 308 yards and a touchdown in a win over Tennessee in their first meeting just two weeks ago. He had three touchdown passes against Green Bay. Despite the recent increased production, Rivers is best suited as a QB2 for fantasy managers.

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Taysom Hill Nov 25 5:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is a low-end QB1 against the Broncos in Week 12. Hill had an impressive debut as a starter in Week 11, getting 233 passing yards and 10 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns. His rushing prowess makes him a more valuable fantasy player. The Broncos are middle-tier against fantasy QBs, making Hill a great streaming option for this week.

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Aaron Jones Nov 25 5:10pm ET

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will have an unfavorable tilt against a talented Bears Defense in Week 12. Jones heads into the game with 795 all-purpose yards with eight total touchdowns on the season but will face a Bears defense that is allowing the ninth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Chicago has allowed only two rushing touchdowns since Week 4 and have held down elite runners like Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara and Derrick Henry in recent weeks. Jones' numbers have dipped a touch recently and could struggle to post top-10 numbers among running backs in Week 12.

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Aaron Rodgers Nov 25 4:50pm ET

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will take on a Bears Defense that is allowing the fourth fewest fantasy points to opposing passers this season. Rodgers is having a fantastic season, throwing for 280+ passing yards in seven of his last eight games and has 23 touchdowns during that span. The veteran passer is having an MVP-caliber campaign but will have a tough test in Week 12. The Bears defense has not allowed a 20+-point fantasy game to a quarterback all season and have allowed 12 passing touchdowns all season. Rodgers has plenty of experience playing the Bears over the years and, while he needs to be in starting lineups across all fantasy formats, Rodgers numbers could be suppressed in Week 12.

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Dalvin Cook Nov 25 4:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will take on a Panthers Defense in Week 12 that is allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing backs. Cook is having a career season and already has 1,069 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns with a month left to play. He will go up against a Panthers defense that has allowed 20+ fantasy points to five different opposing runners this season and seven different runners have posted at least 90 all-purpose yards against them. Cook is one of the top fantasy players of 2020 and should provide top-notch production again in Week 12.

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Justin Jefferson Nov 25 4:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson will need to step up his game if teammate Adam Thielen (COVID-Reserve List) cannot play in Week 12 against the Panthers. The rookie is averaging 18.8 yards per catch and has emerged as one of the most explosive receivers in the NFC. Jefferson will take on a Panthers Defense that is allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points to the wide receivers position this season. Jefferson has four 100+-yard games under his belt this season and Carolina has allowed 10 different players to post 10 fantasy points or more against them. If Thielen cannot suit up, Jefferson is an easy WR2 call, with a ceiling for higher, in Week 12.

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Kenny Golladay Nov 25 4:30pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receivers Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) and rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah (shoulder) have been ruled out for the Thanksgiving game on Thursday against the Texans. Golladay has been out since Week 8 and will miss his fourth straight game. With both receivers out, Mohamed Sanu was signed to the active roster, where he'll provide depth behind Marvin Jones Jr., Marvin Hall and rookie Quintez Cephus. The Lions passing attack should rely mostly on Jones and tight end T.J. Hockenson against Houston. Jones has 15 catches on 20 targets for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the last three games with Golladay sidelined. He'll be a strong WR2 for fantasy lineups on Thursday.

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Kirk Cousins Nov 25 4:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is playing his best football of the season heading into the team's Week 12 matchup against the Panthers. Over his last three games, Cousins has eight touchdown passes and is averaging 275.3 passing yards a game during that span. The Vikings will now face a Panthers Defense that is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing passers. But offenses have had some success against Carolina over the last five games, however, as the Panthers have allowed 10 total touchdowns and an average of 291.8 passing yards a game during that span. Cousins has a chance to post top-12 numbers among the quarterback position in Week 12.

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Jordan Akins Nov 25 4:30pm ET

Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins had his best game of the season in a win over the Patriots last week, hauling in five of six targets for 83 receiving yards. Akins seemed to separate himself a bit from Darren Fells and Pharaoh Brown last week, though he's still not a given to produce in this matchup against the Lions. To make matters worse, the Lions have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. It might be tempting to turn to Akins as a streamer, but it's a bit too risky at the moment. He's in the TE2 range, though he's more touchdown-dependent than fantasy managers would like.

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D'Andre Swift Nov 25 4:30pm ET

Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Texans. Swift didn't practice on Monday but was limited on both Tuesday and Wednesday, giving himself a chance to return to action this week after he sat out in Week 11. Consider the 21-year-old a game-time decision for now, but he should operate as the team's lead back if he's active, which would put him in the RB2 conversation against a Texans Defense that has allowed 12 total rushing touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing rushers. If Swift misses another game, Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson would split backfield work and would be unappetizing RB3/flex options in deeper leagues.

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Teddy Bridgewater Nov 25 4:20pm ET

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said that he expects quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) to play in Week 12 against the Vikings. Bridgewater returned to practice on Wednesday after sitting out in the Week 11 win over the Lions and appears to be on track to return to the starting gig. P.J. Walker took over the starting duties last week but should revert to a backup role if Bridgewater is active. The Vikings Defense has allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the QB position, so Bridgewater has a chance to be a solid QB2 streamer for fantasy managers in a bind. However, the Panthers offense is expected to be without All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) for the third straight game.

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Derrick Henry Nov 25 4:20pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts placed standout defensive tackle DeForest Buckner on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. It's unclear if Buckner tested positive for the virus himself or if he was deemed a high-risk close contact of someone else who tested positive. Either way, his status is in question for Week 12 against the division-rival Titans. If you've been using Buckner as your defensive lineman in IDP leagues, you need to have a backup plan ready to go. The 26-year-old ranks as the No. 16 defensive lineman in terms of IDP points so far in 2020. Losing him this weekend would be a huge blow to Indy's defensive line while they hope to slow down Titans running back Derrick Henry. Buckner, a 2019 second-team All-Pro with the 49ers, has 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss this season.

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Keke Coutee Nov 25 4:10pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee stepped up in the absence of receivers Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (quadriceps), who both had to leave last week's contest. Coutee hauled in a touchdown in the win over New England. Coutee has seen at least seven targets five times in his career and has exceeded 50 receiving yards each time. The Lions' secondary is poor, but they could devote extra resources to stopping Will Fuller V and Brandin Cooks, leaving the slot open to Coutee. The floor is very low for Coutee, but the ceiling could be through the roof in this great matchup.

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Christian McCaffrey Nov 25 4:10pm ET

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule doesn't expect running back Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) to play in Week 12 against the Vikings. McCaffrey was wearing a non-contact red jersey at practice on Wednesday, but he's been unlikely to play all along this week. The 24-year-old All-Pro will miss his third straight game after coming off a six-week absence for a high-ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 2. The Panthers will play it safe and rest McCaffrey with their bye coming next week. Backup Mike Davis will once again be the featured running back and will have RB1 upside against Minnesota. Those who have been benefiting from McCaffrey's absence for most of the year with Davis will likely have just one more week to use the backup in starting lineups.

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Brandin Cooks Nov 25 4:00pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks faces a great matchup on Thanksgiving against the Lions. Aside from the wet, windy contest in Cleveland, Cooks has exceeded 60 receiving yards in five of six games with three touchdowns. Those are good enough numbers to view the former Ram as a weekly starter, especially with the Lions' 25th-ranked pass defense on tap. Look for Cooks to break loose for a big play against a Detroit defense that has struggled to contain such plays this season. Cooks is a strong WR2 in Week 12.

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Will Fuller Nov 25 3:50pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V has a great matchup on tap against the Lions. Having already set a new career-high in receiving yards, Fuller will set his sights on a Lions' defense that ranks 25th in the NFL in pass defense. They've also been prone to big plays through the air, which should benefit the 26-year old speedster on Thanksgiving day. Fuller is ranked in the WR2 range, though the upside for a WR1 finish is there this week.

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Duke Johnson Nov 25 3:40pm ET

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has largely been ineffective as the team's starter in place of the injured David Johnson (head). Duke Johnson has averaged nearly 16 touches per game but has failed to eclipse 70 scrimmage yards in two of three contests as the starter. The Lions possess the third-worst run defense in the league and have allowed the most fantasy points per game to running backs. Johnson is hard to trust after his subpar efforts, though his RB2-level workload and dream matchup makes him worth going back to on Thanksgiving day. He's ideal as a flex play, though he does have RB2 upside in this matchup.

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Deshaun Watson Nov 25 3:30pm ET

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been an excellent fantasy signal-caller this season. Watson currently sits as the QB6 and aside from a windy, messy game against Cleveland, he's finished as a QB1 in five of his last six games. On the table for Watson is a Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions' 25th-ranked pass defense that has surrendered the ninth-most plays through the air of 20 yards or more. The former Clemson star is as consistent as they come and should be started as an elite QB1 in Week 12. He has the upside to finish as the overall QB1 this week.

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