Tennessee Titans rookie safety Dane Cruikshank is believed to have undergone an arthroscopic surgical procedure on his injured left knee.
Cruikshank, a 2018 fifth-round draft pick from Arizona, was in the Titans locker room on Tuesday with two band-aid type bandages crossed on the knee, similar to what those who have had a knee scoped would wear.
Titans and league sources would neither confirm nor deny whether or not the rookie had indeed had the surgery performed, citing a policy of not revealing the details of any injuries. One source did indicate, however, that the Titans were optimistic that they would not have to place Cruikshank on injured reserve because of the knee injury, as they hope to have him back for the stretch run this season.
Cruikshank was declared out for the third straight week when the Titans released their final injury report on Wednesday.
When asked about the knee in the locker room, Cruikshank said the band-aids were covering some cuts on the knee.
Cruikshank initially suffered the knee injury against Dallas, but played the following week against Indianapolis. He was added back to the Titans injury report before the Houston game two weeks ago and has not practiced or played since that time, missing Sunday’s win over the Jets. He did not practice Monday or Tuesday of this week, meaning he likely will miss his third consecutive game when the Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
Cruikshank also missed time in the early portion of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in training camp. He returned, though, and had his highlight moment, catching a 66-yard touchdown pass from safety Kevin Byard on a fake punt that helped the Titans defeat the Houston Texans in week two.