Tennessee Titans news: The Tennessee Titans are placing Pro Bowl edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney on injured reserve, with a knee injury serving as the latest ailment in his NFL career.
In recent weeks, Clowney, who signed with the Titans in September, has been playing through a knee injury. After being unable to practice before Week 11, the Titans have placed one of their top defenders on injured reserve.
Tennessee Titans news: Jadeveon Clowney could miss the remainder of season?
In a series of roster moves on Saturday, the Titans officially placed Clowney on IR. Under NFL rules, which only apply to the 2020 season, he will be required to miss at least three games.
The knee injury will sideline him through Week 13, but there’s a chance he could be out even longer. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, surgery is being considered to repair his meniscus. If Clowney decides to undergo the procedure, he would be ruled out for the remainder of the NFL season.
Clowney signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Titans just before the regular season. Both the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens had sign-and-trade deals arranged for Clowney, but the NFL blocked them, Clowney went to Tennessee.
When healthy, the 6-foot-5 edge rusher has been an impactful player. While he doesn’t have a sack this season, Clowney does have 28 pressures, 11 run stops and is one of Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded edge defenders.
Unfortunately, durability is one of the biggest reasons why Clowney went unsigned this offseason. He expected a market-setting contract when he entered NFL free agency and quickly learned NFL teams weren’t as high on him.
Clowney played in just four games in his rookie season, missing a majority of the year with a torn meniscus and a follow-up surgery in his knee. During the 2019 season, Clowney’s durability issues and inconsistency reappeared. A core muscle injury caused him to miss time, and he played hurt for the Seattle Seahawks.
If Clowney undergoes meniscus surgery for the second time in his NFL career, it will further strengthen the concerns NFL teams had about him. After betting on himself with a one-year contract, it could be another rough offseason for Clowney.
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Author: Matt Johnson