Vic Beasley will not make Titans' debut against Jaguars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vic Beasley’s chances to prove he’s been worth the hassle will not start Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

The outside linebacker who missed all of camp after a 10-day unexcused absence and a stay on the Non-Football Injury list is listed as questionable (knee), but he is not going to play against the Jaguars in the Titans’ second game of the season.


There appeared to be cause for optimism this week as Beasley was limited Wednesday and then was a full participant in practices on Thursday and Friday.

The Titans signed Beasley to a one-year, $9.5 million guaranteed contract as their biggest outside free agent move and he attended offseason Zoom meetings with the team and extra one-on-one sessions with Shane Bowen.

After the expected participation from Beasley in the other nconventional offseason, he didn’t report to camp with his teammates. The Titans couldn’t find him for a couple days and he swallowed $500,000 worth of mandatory fines for the unexcused absence.

Once he reported, he didn’t pass his physical and was placed on NFI. During open practices, he was spotted once, on a stationary bike outside the open garage doors of the team’s weight room.

But he started working on a side field with Mike Vrabel on Sept. 3 and came off NFI as the Titans put together their 53-man roster on Sept 5.

Beasley is a speedy edge rusher, not unlike Harold Landry. apple icon 144x144 precomposed

“You're right, both of those guys are similar,” Jon Robinson said in July, before Clowney was part of the team. “But I've got a ton of confidence and we've been able to do it with (Mike) Vrabel’s ability to manufacture rush with Rashaan (Evans) bluffing and coming back or drop DaQuan and the low hook and the quarterback pumps because he thinks he's going to be open and Jayon (Brown) shoots through whatever it may be.

“Crafting the rush with those faster players is going to be a beneficial boost.”

In Denver, the Titans played with just three outside linebackers, Jadeveon Clowney, Harold Landry and Kamalei Correa.

They could go up to four with Derick Roberson, who’s also coming off a knee injury and put in a full week of practice before being listed as questionable also. He is likely a game-time decision.

I discussed the positional game-day number complications in this week’s podcast.

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