The Tennessee Titans have placed Julio Jones on injured reserve, meaning the star wide receiver will miss a minimum of three games in the coming weeks. Jones’ absence comes on the heels of the team announcing that their All-Pro running back, Derrick Henry, is expected to miss 6-10 weeks.
Jones reportedly tweaked his hamstring during Thursday’s practice.
Speaking after Henry’s injury, defensive linemen Jeffery Simmons said the emphasis will be on the defense: “We have a lot of guys that no matter what the situation is we are going to fight until the end. We knew that a lot of people were doubting us, that everyone was having thoughts without Derrick. We miss Derrick, it sucks that he got hurt. But one thing about it, defense wins championships.”
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The Titans acquired Jones in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick. The Titans also received a 2023 sixth-round pick.
Since joining the Titans, Jones has struggled with injuries, missing weeks 4, 5, and 8 so far this season. His best performance came in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks when he hauled in 6 catches for 128 yards.
The Titans are currently ranked first in the AFC at 7-2. Over the next three games, they’ll take on the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, and New England Patriots.