The Titans defense took a hit Sunday: Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is done for the season.
The former No. 1 overall pick, who signed with Tennessee in September over the Saints, Seahawks and Ravens, reportedly underwent season-ending meniscus surgery on Wednesday. Dr. Walt Lowe, the Texans’ team physician performed the surgery.
Rapoport said he should be fully healthy by the time free agency starts in March and will remain in his hometown of Houston while rehabbing.
The Titans on Nov. 21 placed Clowney on Injured Reserve with the expectation he would return in time for the playoffs. Instead, they will have to finish the season without him. In eight games this season — for which Clowney was paid $13 million — he tallied a disappointing 19 total tackles (four for loss) and six quarterback hits.
Tennessee’s defense this season has left a lot to be desired. The unit ranks 24th in the league in total defense (384.1 yards per game) 27th in the league in pass defense (268.5 ypg), 17th in rush defense (115.5 ypg) and 20th in scoring defense (25.9 points per game).
How Clowney’s absence affects the unit remains to be seen. Tennessee (8-3) will find out Sunday when it takes on the Browns (8-3) in Nashville.
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