Defensive end Karl Klug suffered a torn left Achilles in Sunday’s game and will undergo season-ending surgery.
Klug, a mainstay on the defensive line during his six seasons with the Titans, had suffered a strain of his Achilles last week in a 13-10 victory over the Denver Broncos, but played through the injury.
He missed last Wednesday and Thursday’s practices, but returned on Friday and was cleared to play in Sunday’s comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Klug, however, tore the Achilles in the second half of Sunday’s 19-17 win and will be lost for the season due to the injury.
“He did tear that and he will have surgery. That’s a big loss for our team,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “(He gives us) relentless play, and he’s a guy who is where he is supposed to be on all downs. He’s a tough, physical, dependable player. He’s a team-first guy we really like.”
Mularkey said the Titans are still contemplating the corresponding roster move with Klug headed to injured reserve. The Titans called up defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad from the practice squad last week as insurance as both Klug and Jurrell Casey were limited in practice.
Mularkey said he watched Klug on Friday to see if he was healthy enough to play against Kansas City.
“I watched him on Friday. He had a good practice. He was full go. I don’t know if he would let me not let him play. He wanted to play,” Mularkey said. “He’s disappointed it happened, but I don’t think we put him back there too early. I saw him Friday do a lot of things.”
In addition to Klug’s injury, the Titans finished the game without cornerback Jason McCourty, who exited early with what was described as a chest contusion and sprained shoulder.
“He’ll probably be out in the early part of the week with that injury. We’ll just see how it goes,” Mularkey said.
Also, tight end Phillip Supernaw and safety Da’Norris Searcy are both in the concussion protocol after suffering injuries in Sunday’s game.
Mularkey did say that linebacker Sean Spence, who sat out last week with a sprained left ankle, should return to the practice field this week as the Titans prepare for a Christmas Eve game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.