Titans place Julio Jones on injured reserve with hamstring injury; veteran WR to miss at least three games

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The Tennessee Titans have placed wide receiver Julio Jones on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday. Jones will now miss a minimum of three games as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury that has plagued him all season. Because the Titans have a bye in Week 13, the earliest we’ll see Jones back on the field is Dec. 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Jones began the week not listed on Tennessee’s injury report but appeared Thursday and was limited in practice after seemingly suffering a setback. The 32-year-old, who was acquired by the Titans this offseason in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, has played in six of Tennessee’s nine games this season, missing three contests due to this injury. 

In the win over the Rams last week, Jones was on the field for 74% of the Titans offensive snaps and was able to catch all four of his targets for 35 yards. On the season, he’s hauled in 21 balls for 336 yards. 

This is just the latest piece to Tennessee’s offense to be put on the shelf. Coming out of Week 8, the club lost star running back Derrick Henry for what could be the rest of the season after he suffered a foot injury that required surgery. With Jones now on IR, Ryan Tannehill will likely lean even heavier on receiver A.J. Brown.

Along with Jones, the Titans have also placed safety Dane Cruikshank on injured reserve and activated corner Kristian Fulton. The club also signed receiver Dez Fitzpatrick from the practice squad to the active roster and elevated linebacker Dylan Cole and defensive lineman Kyle Peko. 

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