Titans Plan to Utilize QBs Malik Willis, Will Levis vs Falcons if Starter Ryan Tannehill Can't Play


NASHVILLE – Ryan Tannehill is off the knee scooter he'd been getting around on over the last week.

Tannehill's status remains in doubt, however, for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

If Tannehill can't play, Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said on Monday the team plans to utilize both of the team's back-up quarterbacks – Malik Willis and Will Levis – in his place.

"Ryan won't practice today," Vrabel said during today's press conference. "We'll see where he is at the end of the week. And I would imagine if Ryan can't play, I would anticipate both of those quarterbacks playing in the football game. But Ryan is off of the roller, or walker, or whatever he had, and we'll see where he is at the end of the week."

Tannehill suffered an ankle injury in the team's October 15 game against the Ravens. Last week, Vrabel said that Tannehill's injury is similar to an ankle injury he initially suffered early last season, and that kept him out two games. Later last season, Tannehill re-injured the ankle, and he ended up on Injured Reserve.

Willis came off the bench and completed 4-of-5 passes for 74 yards against the Ravens, but he was sacked four times. Willis played in eight games during his rookie season in 2022, with three starts.

The Titans drafted Will Levis 33rd overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Both quarterbacks practiced with the team last week, while Tannehill spent time rehabbing the ankle and recovering.

"We'll see what the game plan looks like, and first off see where Ryan is at," Vrabel responded when asked which QB will start. "We'll talk about what we may want to do throughout the course of the game.

"If Ryan can't play, I'd expect both of them to play."

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