Tennessee Titans nose tackle Al Woods will be out for at least four weeks after suffering a calf injury in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.
“Al Woods pulled his calf muscle. He will probably be out four weeks at least,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey announced after the game.
The Titans entered game a bit thin on the defensive line anyway as their other nose tackle, rookie Austin Johnson, was a healthy scratch for the third time in four games, leaving the Titans to use a combination of DaQuan Jones, Angelo Blackson and Jurrell Casey to man the middle of the defensive line.
Woods, re-signed by the Titans in the off-season to a three-year contract extension, is in his third season with the Titans after coming over from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.
The only other injury the Titans sustained in the game was a minor one, according to Coach Mike Mularkey.
Tackle Jack Conklin left the game in the second half with a stinger, but later returned on the same series to finish the game.
Another sack for ‘Rak’
The Titans got just one sack Sunday against the Texans, but it came from Brian Orakpo, who now has four in four games this season.
Orakpo tied with Jurrell Casey for the team lead in sacks a year ago with seven.
Too many penalties
The Titans had way too many penalties on Sunday, being flagged 11 times for 93 yards. To make matters worse, many of them came courtesy of the offensive line, which had been playing better of late.
Every Titans offensive lineman among the starting five had at least one penalty on Sunday.
In his first game since last December, Kendall Wright played primarily as the Titans slot receiver. He had two catches for 14 yards and also drew a defensive pass interference call on third down to move the chains on a drive.
The good and the bad
The Titans held DeAndre Hopkins to just one catch for four yards on Sunday, and got interceptions from both Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox on throws that were intended for Hopkins. However, they had trouble with rookie Will Fuller on the other side, as he had seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown – not to mention the game-winning 67-yard punt return.