The Titans got two more players back from the reserve/COVID list today as wide receivers Adam Humphries and Cameron Batson were activated back to the 53-man roster.
Tennessee was very shorthanded at receiver on Tuesday night as they featured just four active receivers — A.J. Brown, Kalif Raymond, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Cody Hollister — after the COVID outbreak decimated the position, but they still got the job done and now reinforcements are on the way.
Humphries return is huge for this team. He’s never going to put up huge numbers or have a lengthy highlight reel like A.J. Brown or Corey Davis, but he’s extremely reliable and a safety blanket for Ryan Tannehill on third downs.
The Titans have now gotten 9 of the 14 players that were on the reserve/COVID list at one point last week back. Isaiah Wilson and Greg Mabin were activated on October 10th (though the team was given a roster exemption to hold Wilson out for one more game Tuesday night). Both Wilson and Mabin had tested positive prior to the full-blown outbreak two weeks ago.
Among the most recent outbreak, DaQuan Jones and Beau Brinkley were activated on October 11th after being placed on the list on September 29th — a 12-day turnaround. Similarly, Kamalei Correa went on September 30th and came off October 13th (13 days). Kristian Fulton went on October 1st and came off October 13th (12 days). Both Humphries and Batson went on October 2nd and came off October 14th (12 days).
It’s certainly possible that some players end up spending longer on the COVID list than others — Isaiah Wilson spent a damn month on there, after all — but these returns are pretty tightly clustered around 12 to 13 days and that’s consistent with A.J. Terrell (12 days) and Cam Newton (11 days). If the remaining Titans players on the COVID list follow similar timelines, we should see them return on the following dates:
- Jeffery Simmons: October 15th (tomorrow)
- Khari Blasingame: October 17th (Saturday)
- Corey Davis: October 19th
- MyCole Pruitt: October 19th
- Breon Borders: October 20th
That would mean that Simmons likely makes his return for a big division matchup against Houston on Sunday. Blasingame would also have a chance, but is cutting it much closer. Davis and Pruitt are probably out for one more week and then back for the Steelers game unless they are able to beat the average timeline.