Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) runs on the field during warmups before they face the Texans at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR A.J. Brown designated to return from IR

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday.

Brown has not played since Week 11 because of a chest injury. While he technically remains on IR, Brown now can return to practice, while his designation opens a 21-day window to be activated to the 53-man roster.

The Titans also designated defensive back Chris Jackson to return from IR, while rookie cornerback Elijah Molden was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Titans are 9-5 and could use the help at wideout as they try to lock down the AFC South title. They have a one-game lead on the Indianapolis Colts with three games remaining, two of which are at home.

Wide receiver Julio Jones was activated from the IR earlier this month in advance of a 20-0 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars but continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Jones had four catches against the Jaguars but did not have any in a 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday while playing 27 offensive snaps. He did not see action in the second half.

In 10 games this season, all starts, Brown has 46 receptions for 615 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson has 31 tackles with four passes defended in nine games (three starts).

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) tries to get past Indianapolis Colts defenders during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Titans place WR A.J. Brown on injured reserve

The Tennessee Titans put wide receiver A.J. Brown on injured reserve Saturday, one day before a matchup against the New England Patriots.

Brown will miss the next three weeks and be eligible to return for a Thursday, Dec. 23 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Brown underwent X-rays on his ribs that came back negative Monday and was expected to undergo further tests.

Brown, 24, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 22-13 loss to the Houston Texans with what was initially called a chest injury. He also came away with a hand injury, playing 42 snaps before exiting with five catches for 48 yards.

Brown has 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He missed the Titans’ Week 4 game with a hamstring injury.

The Titans (8-3) are already without Derrick Henry for the rest of the season and wide receiver Julio Jones for at least one more game with a hamstring injury. Jones was put on injured reserve Nov. 13.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) pulls in a catch under pressure from Houston Texans cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Report: X-rays negative on A.J. Brown’s ribs

The X-rays on A.J. Brown’s ribs came back negative Monday, but the Tennessee Titans wide receiver is undergoing further tests, according to NFL Network.

Brown, 24, suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans with what was called a chest injury. He played 42 snaps before exiting with five catches for 48 yards. He also injured his hand.

Brown, 24, has 46 catches for 615 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He missed the Titans’ Week 4 game with a hamstring injury.

The Titans are already without Derrick Henry for the rest of the season and fellow WR Julio Jones for at least one more game with a hamstring injury. Jones was put on injured reserve Nov. 13.

The Titans (8-3) still lead the AFC South by two games and play at New England (7-4) this Sunday.

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Nov 7, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates the victory against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Titans’ Ryan Tannehill (illness) misses practice

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to play this weekend against the visiting New Orleans Saints despite missing Friday’s practice.

Coach Mike Vrabel announced an undisclosed illness as the reason that Tannehill did not participate in Friday’s practice. Vrabel said Tannehill will not carry a designation into Sunday’s contest, which means he’ll likely be active versus the Saints.

While Tannehill likely will play on Sunday, the availability of A.J. Brown (knee) and Julio Jones (hamstring) remains in question after the wideouts did not participate in practice on Friday.

The Titans (7-2) have won five in a row heading into Sunday’s game against the Saints (5-3).

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) takes the field to play the Chiefs at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR Julio Jones (hamstring) ruled out vs. Colts

Tennessee Titans receiver Julio Jones has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the host Indianapolis Colts with a hamstring injury.

Jones, 32, had two catches for 38 yards in Tennessee’s 27-3 romp over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. He has just 17 receptions for 301 yards in five games during his first season with the Titans.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection with Atlanta, Jones has 865 career receptions for 13,197 yards and 60 touchdowns in 140 career games. The Titans acquired him from the Falcons in April.

A.J. Brown, who has team-leading totals in catches (25) and receiving yards (354), likely will be tasked to pick up the slack for the Titans (5-2).

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Sep 26, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans’ Julio Jones out, A.J. Brown in for Sunday

Tennessee Titans star Julio Jones will miss his second straight game but fellow wideout A.J. Brown will be available Sunday against the host Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coach Mike Vrabel updated the status of his two top receivers on Friday.

Both players missed last Sunday’s 27-24 road loss to the New York Jets due to hamstring issues they sustained in a Week 3 win against the Indianapolis Colts. Brown returned to practice this week; Jones did not.

Jones, 32, has 12 catches for a team-leading 204 yards this season after joining the Titans in an offseason trade with the Atlanta Falcons in June.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection through his first 10 seasons with Atlanta, Jones has 860 career receptions for 13,100 yards and 60 touchdowns.

Brown, 24, has just seven receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown in three games this season.

Last season, Brown caught 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games (12 starts) and made the Pro Bowl.

The Titans (2-2) have won the last three meetings against the AFC South rival Jaguars (0-4).

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Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans WRs Julio Jones, A.J. Brown out vs. Jets

Tennessee Titans wide receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, as well as linebacker Bud Dupree, have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, coach Mike Vrabel announced Friday.

Titans defensive end Larrell Murchison (elbow), cornerback Caleb Farley (shoulder) and punter Brett Kern (groin) also were ruled out for Sunday’s clash.

Jones and Brown sustained hamstring injuries in Tennessee’s 25-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday.

Jones, 32, has 12 catches for a team-leading 204 yards this season after joining the Titans in an offseason trade in June.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection through his first 10 seasons, all with Atlanta, Jones has 860 career receptions for 13,100 yards and 60 touchdowns.

Brown, 24, didn’t catch a pass before exiting after the first quarter against the Colts. He has just seven receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown this season.

Last season, Brown caught 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games (12 starts) and made the Pro Bowl.

Dupree, 28, was active last week but did not record a snap. He didn’t practice this week wtih a knee injury.

The Titans (2-1) will be vying for their third straight victory when they visit the Jets (0-3) on Sunday.

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Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans WRs Julio Jones, A.J. Brown miss another practice

Wide receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones missed a second straight practice Thursday, putting their availability in jeopardy for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan returned to practice Thursday.

Both Jones and Brown were injured and left last week’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. Brown sustained a hamstring injury in the first quarter and is considered week-to-week, ESPN reported.

It’s unclear when Jones was injured, but he was limited to about half the snaps against the Colts. He is questionable for Sunday.

Brown didn’t catch a pass before exiting after the first quarter. He has just seven receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown this season. Last season, Brown caught 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games (12 starts) and made the Pro Bowl.

Jones, who joined the Titans in an offseason trade in June, has 12 catches for 204 yards this season.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection through his first 10 seasons, all with Atlanta, Jones has 860 career receptions for 13,100 yards and 60 touchdowns.

In addition to the duo, DE Bud Dupree, CB Caleb Farley, DL Larrell Murchison and punter Brett Kern all missed Thursday’s practice.

The Titans (2-1) will be vying for their third straight victory when they meet the Jets (0-3) on Sunday.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) stand on the sideline after they were each injured during their game against the Colts at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WRs Julio Jones, A.J. Brown uncertain to face Jets

The Tennessee Titans could be without wide receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones when they visit the New York Jets on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Brown sustained a hamstring injury in the first quarter of last Sunday’s 25-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He is considered week-to-week, ESPN reported.

It’s unclear when Jones was injured, but he was limited to about half the snaps against the Colts. He is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Brown didn’t catch a pass before exiting after the first quarter. He has just seven receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown this season.

Last season, Brown caught 70 passes for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games (12 starts) and made the Pro Bowl.

Jones, who joined the Titans in an offseason trade in June, has 12 catches for 204 yards this season.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection through his first 10 seasons, all with Atlanta, Jones has 860 career receptions for 13,100 yards and 60 touchdowns.

The Titans (2-1) will be vying for their third straight victory when they meet the Jets (0-3) on Sunday.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) on the sidelines during their game against the Colts  at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR A.J. Brown (hamstring) ruled out vs. Colts

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown sustained a hamstring injury and has been ruled out of the remainder of Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts in Nashville, Tenn.

Brown was injured in the first half. He did not have a catch on two targets and rushed for 3 yards on his lone carry of the game.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2020, Brown has struggled to get going this season. He has seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in three games in 2021.

Brown, 24, has 129 catches for 2,218 yards and 20 touchdowns in 33 career games with the Titans. He also has rushed four times for 63 yards and a score.

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