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Tennessee Titans pass-rusher Harold Landry III will skip the entire 2022 season after suffering a torn ACL during Wednesday’s practice, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
It is a tough loss for the Titans, who’ve relied on Landry as their top outside linebacker going back few seasons.
The Titans selected Landry in the next round of the 2018 draft out of Boston College. During his rookie season, he posted 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, one forced fumble, 44 tackles, five tackles for a loss and 14 quarterback hits in 15 games (three starts).
The 26-year-old became a starter in 2019, and he posted nine sacks, one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, 68 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 14 quarterback hits in 16 games.
He previously an equally impressive 2020 season, posting one interception, five pass breakups, 5.5 sacks, 69 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 16 quarterback hits in 16 games.
Landry come up with his best season in 2021, posting one forced fumble, 12 sacks, 75 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss and 22 quarterback hits in 17 games on the way to his first Pro Bowl selection.
He was also impressive in Tennessee’s lone postseason game last season, recording 1.5 sacks, six tackles, one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hits.
The Titans and Landry decided to a five-year, $87.5 million contract extension in March, and he’s under contract through 2026.
Tennessee is left minus the substitute for pair Landry with Bud Dupree at outside linebacker this year. However, Dupree is under contract with the Titans through 2025, therefore the franchise must have both players to anchor the pass rush for a long time ahead.
With Landry sidelined, Rashad Weaver and Ola Adeniyi figure to see more playing time this year.
The Titans may possibly also turn to sign another linebacker to fill the void in free agency. Dee Ford, Devon Kennard, A.J. Klein and Jamie Collins are on the list of players available following roster cuts earlier this week.
Tennessee opens the 2022 campaign on Sept. 11 contrary to the GAMBLING.