Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson issued a statement through the club on Thursday about the absence of outside linebacker Vic Beasley, calling his absence “unexcused.”
“On Tuesday July 28th, we placed Vic Beasley on the Reserve-Did Not Report list. I have been in contact with Vic, he is not here, he understands his absence is unexcused, and he told me he will be reporting to camp in the near future. Our current focus is on the players that are here now, getting everyone acclimated to the protocols, our building, and our football program. We will have the same acclimation process with Vic when he reports,” Robinson’s statement said.
Neither the Titans nor Beasley or his agent Brian Ayrault (who also represents Robinson) had given any reason regarding his whereabouts when he did not report to camp on Tuesday with the rest of his teammates. He was immediate placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report List. Beasley also was not present for Wednesday’s work. Players are undergoing daily Covid-19 testing after reporting as teams ramp up toward practices that are scheduled to start Aug. 14.
On Thursday afternoon a report from TV reporter Angela Moryan of Chattanooga emerged on Twitter, saying that Beasley had been dealing with a death in the family.
#Titans OLB Vic Beasley did have a death in the family last week, sources tell me. The funeral was yesterday (Wednesday).
Still unclear if this is in any way related to his absence at training camp the last two days.
— Angela Moryan (@SidelineStormer) July 30, 2020
The Titans, who signed Beasley to a one-year, $9.5 million contract in March, can fine Beasley $50,000 per day for every day he is AWOL.
Tennessee signed Beasley with the hopes that the former Atlanta Falcons star, who led the NFL in sacks in 2016 with 15.5, could hep bolster Tennessee’s pass rush off the edge.
Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill addressed the Beasley situation in a conference call with local reporters on Thursday.
“Honestly, I didn’t find out about it until yesterday. I’m not sure when the whole process started,” Tannehill said. “I’m aware of it, but it doesn’t affect our day-to-day here in the facility. He wouldn’t even be here at this point. We can’t let it affect what happens in this building. We still have to take care of the work that we need to get done while we’re here. … I’m not sure when he’s gonna be here, but if he wants to be here, we want him here. Once he’s here, hopefully, he’s all in and jumps on board.”
It is still possible perhaps that Beasley could choose to opt out of playing in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Players have until Aug. 4 to decide if they want to play through the pandemic. One Titans player, undrafted rookie tackle Anthony McKinney, has chosen to opt out.
The Titans also have first-round pick Isaiah Wilson, who is currently on the Covid-19 reserve list. The club did not announce whether Wilson had tested positive for the virus or had come in close contact with someone who had tested positive.