Tennessee Titans defensive lineman DaQuan Jones’ season abruptly ended Sunday when he suffered a torn right biceps and will require surgery.
Jones had been playing perhaps his best football over the past two games, getting 3.5 sacks, including being credited with 1.5 sacks in Sunday’s win over Houston before exiting with the injury.
“These last two games are probably the best two games – for sure this year – that he’s played back-to-back with the sack numbers, and just being really disruptive upfront. Really disappointed to see him get injured like he did,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said in announcing Jones’ injury.
Jones, a second-round draft pick of the Titans in 2013, is also in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent.
To replace him on the roster, the Titans elected to try and bolster their run-blocking by bringing in former University of Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker. Stocker was recently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after seven seasons there.
To replace Jones’ production on the field, the Titans will look for now to go with some combination of Austin Johnson and David King to go along with nose tackle Sylvester Williams and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.
“Austin obviously will fill that need. David King who has been on the inactives for however many weeks – again, if we’re talking today, he’ll be up. If we were playing today, he’d come up and be in that rotation,” Mularkey said.
Mularkey sounded confident that Johnson, himself a second-round pick in 2014, can step up and handle additional work.
“I don’t think he gets credit for what he does production-wise for the number of snaps that he plays a game,” Mularkey said. “He does not have the numbers, obviously, that Jurrell (Casey) or DaQuan have, maybe not even (Karl) Klug. But, Austin has done a pretty good job when he’s had his opportunities and that’s a good thing for us.”
In addition to Jones, other Titans players who came out of the game with injuries and will be day-to-day including cornerback Logan Ryan, who is in the concussion protocol after being knocked out of Sunday’s game.
Linebacker Derrick Morgan (knee sprain), nose tackle Sylvester Williams (ankle) and tight end Delanie Walker (ankle) are day-to-day, as is receiver Rishard Matthews, who missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury but could play this week in Arizona.