The Falcons are still digesting an ugly win over the Buccaneers that puts them in sole possession of first place in the NFC South, but there’s injury news on the Week 8 front. According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is “unlikely to play” against Atlanta.
Tannehill suffered a high ankle sprain when Tennessee traveled to London in a contest against the Ravens. Apparently, the extra rest from the bye week wasn’t enough for the veteran to make a comeback.
“Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is currently in a cast for a high ankle sprain, sources say, an injury that’s similar to the injury he suffered last year that necessitated surgery but is not considered as significant,” wrote Rapoport in his report. “Tannehill is using a cast so he doesn’t put weight on his ankle, but he did not opt for surgery this time. While Tannehill hasn’t been ruled out for the Titans’ Oct. 29 game against the Falcons (Tennessee is on a bye this week), it’s unlikely that he will be able to play.”
In place of the 35-year-old Tanehill, the Titans will prepare for the Falcons with rookie Will Levis or second-year quarterback Malik Willis under center. Mike Vrabel and Tennessee haven’t made a decision just yet on a starter, but each presents a favorable matchup for Atlanta.
Levis hasn’t even been active for a Titans game, and Willis’ only playing time came in relief of Tannehill in London when he went down with the ankle injury. He finished the day 3-for-4 with 74 passing yards. Across his three career starts, Willis has a 42.8 passer rating.
Ryan Tannehill’s injury is something to monitor for the Falcons. Ryan Nielsen has to be licking his chops at the thought of drawing one of Will Levis or Malik Willis. This should be an extremely winnable game for Atlanta.