The Tennessee Titans have won two straight games and are eyeing a third with the winless New York Jets next up on the docket. However, they will have to defeat New York without the services of their top two wide receivers.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel announced Friday that both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones will miss the team's Week 4 game due to injury.
Earlier in the week, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Jones was receiving treatment on a leg injury and that his status for Sunday was "up in the air." He did not practice on Thursday or Friday. Brown was dealing with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss the majority of Tennessee's Week 3 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He, too, did not practice all week. His status for Week 5 is in question as well, as Rapoport reported that he could miss 1-2 weeks.
Jones' situation is an interesting one, as he played just 34 snaps in Week 3. He didn't finish the contest despite it being a six-point game in the fourth quarter. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Jones being sidelined was not because he was being benched.
"This is not an issue with his performance," Vrabel said, via the Titans' official website. "This isn't an issue with anything other than me making a decision and saying, 'Hey man, let's see if we can get through this and survive and win this football game.'"
Vrabel indicated Jones was dealing with some "tightness," but he didn't go into much detail about the specific ailment the star wideout is apparently dealing with.
With Jones and Brown out for Sunday's game, expect Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Cameron Batson and Chester Rogers to step up at receiver. Westbrook-Ikhine was Tennessee's leading receiver versus the Colts with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, while Rogers also caught a score against his former team.
It's Julio time! How will he fare in his first season with the Titans? Can Tennessee finally make it back to the Super Bowl? Get news at your fingertips by downloading the CBS Sports app. If you have the app, set the Titans as your favorite team and get news faster.