Tannehill injured his ankle in the Titans’ loss to Baltimore in London before a Week 7 bye. NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero reported over the weekend that the QB’s injury was similar to the one he suffered last year and claimed surgery but not as much. The Insiders noted that it is unlikely that Tannehill could go down on Oct. 29 against Atlanta.
Willis made three starts last season in Tannehill’s absence but struggled, leading the Titans to bring in Joshua Dobbs to start two late in the season with a shot at the playoffs on the line. Willis again struggled in relief in Week 6, completing 4 of 5 passes for 74 yards and adding three rushes for 17 yards while recording four sacks on two fourth-quarter drives.
The Titans traded up to draft Levis early in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft. However, the freshman injured his hamstring during a joint practice in August, wiping out the final two preseason games and much-needed returners for the Kentucky product.
Given Will’s lack of development and Levi’s lack of reps, it’s little surprise that Vrabel would see either fare better in live action. But two-QB systems rarely work well for long.
Vrabel emphasized that any discussion of QB usage Sunday would revolve around Tannehill’s health.
“We’ll see what the game plan looks like,” he said. “First of all, see where Ryan is and then talk about what we might want to do throughout the game.”
The Titans sit at 2-4, last in the AFC South.