Safety Rashad Johnson will not play Thursday night for the Tennessee Titans against Jacksonville due to a neck strain sustained in Sunday’s loss to the Colts.
Johnson’s absence, along with cornerback Perrish Cox, who is out with a concussion, leaves the Titans secondary short-handed, which could be an issue, given that Tennessee has allowed more than 300 yards passing in each of the past two games.
Johnson did not practice all week for the Titans in their abbreviated week of work.
Also, as expected, left guard Quinton Spain is out as he will miss three to four weeks with a hyper-extended right knee. Brian Schwenke will start at left guard for Spain.
The Titans safety rotation will be down to three players mainly with Johnson out. The Titans are also likely to rotate some with Brice McCain and Valentino Blake, and could even work in Cody Riggs and rookie LeShaun Sims at cornerback and nickelback against the Jaguars.
The Titans also listed two players – linebacker Kevin Dodd and wide receiver Tajae Sharpe – as questionable for the Thursday game. Both were limited in Tuesday’s practice, Dodd feeling the effects of soreness in his surgically-repaired right foot, and Sharpe with a sprained knee sustained against the Colts.
The Jaguars have some players questionable as well. Tight end Julius Thomas is questionable with an ankle injury, while defensive end Jared Odrick is questionable due to a quadriceps injury.