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Burning questions going into Week 12 vs. Bengals

Burning questions going into Week 12 vs. Bengals

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The Titans are getting the Bengals both at a good and bad time.

Cincy’s offense has been on fire of late, averaging 31.4 points per contest in its last five. However, there’s also a chance that superstar wideout Ja’Marr Chase doesn’t play, as he’s still dealing with a hip injury.

Regardless, of whether or not Chase plays, Tennessee’s defense is going to need all hands on deck to stop a hot Bengals unit.

If it seems like we have a question relating to Titans injuries on this article every week, it’s because we do. That’s just the life of a writer who covers a team that is absolutely cursed with injuries.

The Titans have fielded a total of 73 players this season, just 18 shy of the record they set in 2021. Amazingly enough, that isn’t even the highest mark in the NFL, as that belongs to the Arizona Cardinals (76).

It has become commonplace for the Titans to be missing around a handful of defensive starters each week, and while we’d like to think this defense can keep chugging right along without them as it has, Tennessee can’t keep depending on that.

The Titans held a practice on Tuesday, but didn’t have to issue an injury report, so we don’t know exact participation.

Thankfully, Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt still provided updates on who did and didn’t practice. Here’s a look at what key defensive players who are in question for Week 12 did on Tuesday.

Did not practice: DL Denico Autry (knee), CB Kristian Fulton (hamstring)

Did practice: OLB Bud Dupree (hip), S Amani Hooker (shoulder), CB Elijah Molden (groin)

In Week 11, Autry suffered what looked like a very bad knee injury at first, but reports suggest it isn’t a season-ender. Still, expect him to be out at least one week, and quite possibly more.

Fulton is another question mark, as his hamstring injury knocked him out late in the game. An injury to the area is nothing new for Fulton, who is integral to Tennessee’s pass defense.

On the bright side, Dupree, Hooker and Molden, all of whom sat out in Week 11 versus the Packers, all practiced.

The returns of Hooker and Molden become even more important if Fulton is ruled out, and the same can be said for Dupree’s return if Autry sits.

Hopefully this unit can finally get fully healthy at some point, because this group, which has been elite despite the injury woes, has the potential to be even better at…

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