All week the Tennessee Titans were unsure if fullback Quinn Johnson would be able to suit up Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately, it appears they will have to play the entire 2013 NFL season without him as he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a quadriceps injury that he suffered in practice.
There is no question this is a huge loss for the Titans as Johnson was expected to play big-time minutes while blocking for running back Chris Johnson. However, it will now all be up to Collin Mooney to succeed in the role if Tennessee wants to have a solid run game this year.
The Titans acquired Johnson in a trade with the Green Bay Packers after the 2010 season. Many fans in Green Bay were sad to see the 26-year-old go because he was a young talent who certainly had the knack for blocking. Not to mention, he definitely played a part in the team’s victory in Super Bowl XLV. Unfortunately, the Packers were not willing to pay him the necessary money, especially since they are not much of a running offense anyways.
Johnson graded out as the worst lead blocker in the league in just four games in 2011. However, he stepped up his game last season in which he was able to do plenty of good in front of Johnson. Tennessee expected an even better performance this season but his career with the organization appears to be in jeopardy.
The four-year player rushed for five yards on four attempts last season.