Julio Jones, Bud Dupree Among 4 Titans Players Placed on COVID List Ahead of Week 17

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVDecember 27, 2021

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 24:  Julio Jones #2 of the Tennessee Titans runs onto the field during introductions before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Chiefs 27-3.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans placed wide receiver Julio Jones, linebacker Bud Dupree, defensive back Buster Skrine and wideout Nick Westbrook-Ikhine on the COVID-19/reserve list Monday.

Meanwhile, they activated guard Rodger Saffold and defensive back Elijah Molden off the list.

The 2021 season hasn't gone according to plan forJones, who's on pace to have the worst year of his career. Through nine games, the seven-time Pro Bowler has caught 26 passes for 376 yards and zero touchdowns.

Jones was sidelined for nearly a month with a lingering hamstring injury, returning for the Titans' 20-0 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 12. One week later, though, he was forced to exit the team's 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers because of his hamstring.


Julio Jones has had a hall-of-fame career, but it appears his health is slowing him down<br><br>2011-19<br>Games missed: 18 out of 144<br>Rec Yards/Gm: 96.2<br><br>2020-21<br>Games missed: 13 out of 30*<br>Rec Yards/Gm: 67.1<br><br>*left Sunday's game with hamstring injury and did not return <a href="https://t.co/UMreI8EmFR">pic.twitter.com/UMreI8EmFR</a>

Meanwhile, the Titans defense may once again be without Dupree. The 28-year-old recently missed three games because of an abdominal injury. He returned earlier this month and has played in the past two games.

Tennessee (10-5) sits one game up on the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South. Also of note, the Titans trail the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) by one game for the top spot in the AFC playoff picture.

Tennessee will host the Miami Dolphins (7-7) at Nissan Stadium on Sunday.