Injuries to Jonnu Smith, Jack Conklin to test Titans depth

Titans lose both Jonnu Smith and Jack Conklin to knee injuries, according to reports

While Coach Mike Vrabel said in his Friday press conference that the Titans had no updates regarding the health of tight end Jonnu Smith and right tackle Jack Conklin, reports surfaced approximately an hour later that both players would miss significant time with their injuries.

Smith, who suffered a knee injury on Derrick Henry’s 99-yard touchdown run in Thursday night’s game, suffered an MCL injury and will miss the remainder of the season for Tennessee, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Conklin, who had ACL surgery on his left knee in January, was seen limping and favoring that same knee in the locker room following the Titans’ 30-9 win over Jacksonville, per’s report. Conklin will miss a few games with the latest setback, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The loss of both means the Titans will again have to dip into their depth. Smith’s role increased, beginning in week two after Delanie Walker was lost for the season with a broken fibula in the season opener. His snaps will now likely be split between Anthony Firkser, who has emerged as a solid pass-catching target, and MyCole Pruitt, who has primarily been a blocker in his limited role.

Smith’s season ends with 20 receptions for 258 yards and three touchdown catches.

Conklin earlier this week had spoken about his need to play more consistently after struggling at times in a new system and coming back from the ACL surgery. Conklin returned to the lineup in week four. His spot in the lineup will be taken by capable backup Dennis Kelly, while Tyler Marz will move up and be the team’s third tackle until Conklin can return.