Nashville, Tenn. ( Associated Press) – The Tennessee Titans ended quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s season up front on Thursday by placing him and two other players on the reserve list.
Tannehill last played on December 18 in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, finishing the game despite injuring his ankle in the first quarter. The 11-year veteran was helped to the locker room, bandaged and brought back to the game.
The Titans (7-8) ruled Tannehill out on Wednesday for Thursday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. For Tannehill to have a chance to play again this season, Tennessee would need to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final game of the regular season for the AFC South title and a chance to advance to the AFC Championship matchup.
Tennessee placed linebacker Zack Cunningham on the disabled list for the second time this season with an elbow injury and outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who strained his pectoral muscle in last week’s loss to Houston. Both were among the eight players dropped on Wednesday.
The Titans have 22 players on the disabled list. They entered Thursday using a season-high 82 players a year after using 91 players in one game – the most in a non-strike season.
They also ruled out Derrick Henry, who is second in rushing, as well as starting defensive lineman and sack leader Denico Autry and cornerback Chris Fulton.
The decision to place Tannehill on the disabled list prompted the Titans to choose Joshua Dobbs to start over rookie Malik Willis.
Dobbs, who signed from Detroit’s practice squad on December 21, earned his first start since being selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round in 2017 out of the University of Tennessee. He has played in six games, five with the Steelers in 2018 and one in 2020.