Linebacker Aaron Wallace was placed on injured reserve Wednesday by the Tennessee Titans due to a herniated disc in his lower back.
Wallace was in Los Angeles Wednesday and is scheduled to undergo surgery at the hand of noted spine physician Dr. Robert Watkins to correct an injury that has bothered him since OTAs.
Wallace missed the Titans final two preseason game, but played in the first two regular season games. The issue flared up again against Jacksonville as Wallace appeared to lose some strength in his leg due to the back issue at the end of the Titans’ win Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The surgery does not necessarily mean that Wallace’s season is over. He would have to miss at least eight weeks with the injury now that he is on injured reserve. The Titans can bring back up to two players form injured reserve.
“He’s missed practices – which I’ve told you guys – with the back. It’s just been aggravating,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “It’s gotten to a point we’ve got to take care of it now. But, I will say this about him. I know how bad it was bothering him in the game and he played pretty darn well, made some plays on special teams, played well.”
Wallace was replaced on the roster by wide receiver Zach Pascal, who was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. He will likely be active this week as the Titans have already ruled out receiver Corey Davis.
With Wallace out, it could open up a spot for Kevin Dodd to be active. Rookie Josh Carraway and inside linebacker Nate Palmer are also options. Of those, Palmer has the most experience on special teams and could fill in at outside linebacker in a pinch, if the Titans needed help there beyond starters Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo and backup Erik Walden.
Dodd, a second-round pick in 2016, would have to pick up his activity on special teams to be active.
“He is on them. He’s not starting on them. He’ll get more work at it, obviously with the absence of Aaron Wallace,” Dodd said. “Again, that’s just something he’s got to continue to get better at. But yeah, this will give him more of an opportunity to be up this week.”
In other moves, the Titans lost linebacker Tyler Marz to the Chargers, who added him to their active roster. They signed linebacker Tony Washington and brought back tackle Brad Seaton, a seventh-round pick this May, to the practice squad.