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Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry tears ACL in practice | Report

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry tore an ACL in practice Wednesday, according to a report Thursday from ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

The injury, which hasn't been announced by the Titans, should force Landry to miss the 2022 season. The 26-year-old had signed a five-year, $87.5 million deal with Tennessee in March and played in the Pro Bowl as an alternate after posting a career-high 12 sacks.

The news marks a major loss for the Titans, who's biggest strength has been the front four. Landry and defensive linemen Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry combined for 29.5 sacks last season. With outside linebacker Bud Dupree fully healthy, the expectations were even higher for 2022. 

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With Landry's injury, the Titans will need bigger contributions from second-year edge rusher Rashad Weaver and veteran Ola Adeniyi.

Weaver, who has flashed the past two preseasons, played just two games as a rookie after suffering a season-ending leg injury in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. Expectations are high for him entering Year 2. 

Adeniyi, a core special teamer throughout his NFL career, had a career-high 2.5 sacks for the Titans in 2021, his first year with the team. The 2.5 sacks came in the first three games of the season. 

The Titans also have on the practice squad undrafted rookie outside linebacker David Anenih, who starred in the preseason, posting three sacks, three quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, two passes defended and a tackle for loss in three games. He could be called upon with edge depth now a concern.

Landry was a second-round pick in 2018, selected 41st overall by Tennessee. In four seasons (64 career games), he has 31 sacks, 66 quarterback hits, 41 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.