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Titans new OC Arthur Smith said RB Derrick Henry will be a "big part of the offense" in 2019. Henry, of course, exploded for 585 rushing yards and 7 scores over the final 4 games this past season. "He has a rare skill set," Smith continued. "Derrick's a home-run hitter. We are taking another step hopefully with him." Smith was an offensive lineman in college and was most recently Tennessee's TEs coach. It sounds like he's planning to deploy a run-leaning offense featuring 2- and even 3-TE sets. It's all good news for Henry and worrisome for QB Marcus Mariota and the Titans' pass-catchers.

The Titans have promoted TEs coach Arthur Smith to OC. Smith has been with Tennessee for 8 years, starting as a defensive assistant before moving to the other side of the ball. The Titans are aiming for continuity from the departed Matt LaFleur's scheme, but Smith is a complete unknown as a play-caller.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Colts. Blaine Gabbert gets the start in a win-or-go-home situation. What a world.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is not expected to play against the Colts tonight, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Mariota is listed as questionable and is expected to work out pregame before a final decision is made. But an independent spine specialist has reportedly warned the Titans that further damage to Mariota's nerve could impact his ability to throw long term. So it looks like it'll be Blaine Gabbert under center for tonight's must-win game. Expect a whole bunch of RB Derrick Henry when Tennessee has the ball.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Colts. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and will likely be a game-time decision. If Mariota is unable to go, it’ll be Blaine Gabbert under center. Avoid this situation in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Titans WR Corey Davis (hamstring) is not listed on the final Week 17 injury report. He was added on Thursday and limited again on Friday, but the hammy obviously isn’t a major concern. With either a banged-up Marcus Mariota or Blaine Gabbert under center, Davis is an unexciting WR3.

Titans WR Corey Davis was added to the Thursday's injury report as limited with a hamstring. He's dealt with hamstring trouble throughout his first 2 NFL seasons, so this is certainly worth monitoring. We'll get another update on Davis tomorrow.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) returned to practice on Thursday. HC Mike Vrabel said afterward that Mariota was limited but called his day "encouraging." It looks like he has a shot to play in Sunday night's win-or-go-home game against the Colts. We'll get another update tomorrow.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) did not practice on Wednesday. “Just taking it day to day,” he said in a radio appearance prior to practice. “I am doing my best, (trying) to get back. That’s all I can do. I’ll do everything in my power to see if I can go. Again, it is just taking it one day at a time.” We'll track Mariota's progress over the next few days, but there's a good chance it's Blaine Gabbert under center for Sunday night's must-win game against the Colts.

The Titans have placed DE Jurrell Casey on IR after he strained his left MCL in Saturday's win over Washington. That takes 1 of Tennessee's best defensive players out for Sunday night's finale against the Colts.

Titans DE Jurrell Casey injured his left knee late in Saturday's win over Washington. Although the team has yet to announce a specific diagnosis, beat writer Paul Kuharsky reports that the veteran might be done for the season. We'll see about official word, but IDP owners should expect to go without Casey in Week 17.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered what the team is calling a stinger late in the 1st half of Saturday's game against the Redskins and did not return. QB Blaine Gabbert played the 2nd half, completing 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and a score in Tennessee's comeback win. Mariota has been dealing with elbow problems all season and seems iffy for Week 17. We'll keep an eye on his status next week.

Titans CB Logan Ryan fractured his left fibula in Sunday's win over the Giants. He'll miss the rest of the season. A low-floor Week 16 matchup with Washington means you shouldn't bother seeking a Tennessee DB for IDP lineups.

Titans TE Jonnu Smith will miss the rest of the season with an MCL injury suffered in Thursday night's loss to the Jaguars, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Smith suffered an MCL injury in last year's playoff loss to the Patriots, although it's unclear if this is the same knee. Anthony Firkser will serve as Tennessee's lead pass-catching TE the rest of the way.

Titans TE Jonnu Smith injured his knee on RB Derrick Henry's 2nd-quarter, 99-yard TD run on Thursday night and did not return. He finished with a goose egg. Anthony Firkser stepped in as Tennessee's lead pass-catching TE, hauling in all 3 of his targets for 27 yards. We'll look for an update on Smith's status.

Titans WR Taywan Taylor (foot) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Jets on Sunday after missing the last 3 weeks. Taylor has topped 32 yards just once all season and isn’t a realistic fantasy option.

Titans WR Taywan Taylor (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Colts. He didn’t practice all week, though, so don’t expect him to play. That’ll again leave Tajae Sharpe and Cameron Batson behind Corey Davis on the WR depth chart.

Titans WR Taywan Taylor (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Patriots. Tajae Sharpe (ankle) is active and should serve as the #2 WR — but he’s not much of a fantasy option.

Titans WRs Taywan Taylor (foot) and Tajae Sharpe (ankle) are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Sharpe seemingly has a better chance to suit up after playing through his injury last week — but neither guy is a recommended fantasy starter.

Titans WR Taywan Taylor (foot) didn't practice on Wednesday. He injured his foot in the 2nd half of Monday night's win over the Cowboys and didn't return. Taylor, of course, has been a fantasy disappointment this season, topping 32 yards in just 1 of 8 games.

 
 
 

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