The Tennessee Titans suffered a serious blow in Wednesday’s practice when safety Johnathan Cyprien suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will be lost for the season.
Cyprien suffered the injury on a safety blitz during a team drill. TitanInsider was first to report the news that Cyprien would be out for the season, and Titans coach Mike Vrabel confirmed the news at the opening of his Thursday press conference.
“I’m devastated to tell you that after checking him out, he tore his ACL and will be out for the year,” Vrabel said. “It’s tough for me as a new head coach to watch guys work extremely hard in the off-season and care about the team, play hard and do everything that we’ve asked them to do and not get a chance to experience the NFL season this year.”
Cyprien’s top backup, Kendrick Lewis, also suffered an arm injury in Wednesday’s practice, and could miss some time as well. That leaves the Titans using converted cornerback Demontre Hurst with the first team for the remainder of Wednesday’s practice and on Thursday. He was backed up by rookie fifth-round draft pick Dane Cruikshank.
“It’s definitely a big challenge because I’ve got some big shoes to fill, but those guys are looking at us like, ‘You’re up now, so let’s get it going Let’s make some plays, so you can show the coaches that you can play this position,’” Hurst said of the opportunity.
Vrabel said the Titans will workout a number of safeties on Friday to try and find some help at the position. Vrabel confirmed that former 49ers safety Eric Reid is a player they will contact to bring in for a visit. A source also confirmed to TitanInsider that former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro will come in on Friday to try out with the Titans.
Former Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is also coming in for the tryout, TitanInsider has confirmed.
Also, former Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb, with whom Dean Pees is familiar, is expected to be part of Friday's tryouts.