Bad luck would be better than the luck the Tennessee Titans have had as far as injuries are concerned. The team placed Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve Saturday, one day ahead of the team’s Week 12 matchup against the New England Patriots. Brown’s injury is not considered season-ending, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Brown did not practice this week after sustaining a chest injury during last week’s loss to the Houston Texans. In 10 games this season, Brown has caught 46 of 78 targets for 615 yards and three touchdowns. The 51st overall pick in the 2019 draft, Brown broke the 1,000-yard receiving barrier during his first two seasons with the Titans. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2020 after catching 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Brown is the latest Titans starter to be placed on injured reserve. Fellow receiver Julio Jones was placed on injured reserve earlier this month as the former All-Pro continues to deal with a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for five games. November started with the Titans placing reigning two-time rushing champion Derrick Henry on injured reserve after Henry underwent foot surgery. Last Saturday, the Titans placed pass rusher Bud Dupree on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.
Despite the injures, the Titans are 8-3 and would be the AFC’s top-seeded team if the playoffs started today. Tennessee, who will on its bye week following Sunday’s game against the Patriots, have just two remaining games against teams with winning records.