Spark Trader Limited

Spark Trader Limited reports:

On Saturday, November 20, the Tennessee Titans made two roster changes to former Pittsburgh Steelers players. Most notably, outside linebacker Bud Dupree was placed on injured reserve after suffering an abdominal injury in the first game of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. It was the latest injury-related setback in a nearly losing season for Dupree, who signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with the Titans in mid-March. It was a high-stakes move for Tennessee because Dupree tore his ligament in a game against the Baltimore Ravens and was out 3 1/2 months later.
It was clear that Dupree was still not at full strength by the time training camp got under way, as he started the camp on the “PUP” list. He recovered well enough to play Tennessee’s first two games, but he missed the next three.

So far, he has appeared in seven different games (with two starts), but according to Pro Football Reference (PFR), he has only 277 snaps and only seven interceptions overall, including one sack, six quarterback hits and a forced fumble.

Dupree will miss at least three games (Houston, New England, Jacksonville) due to being placed on reserve/disabled list. He will be eligible to be released from injured reserve in time for Sunday, Dec. 19 at Pittsburgh.

Former Steelers linebacker Ola Adeniyi is the next man
Meanwhile, in Dupree’s absence, the Titans could go with former Steelers linebacker Ola Adeniyi (and Derek Robertson). The Titans signed Adeniyi as a free agent just days after acquiring Dupree, and he’s more efficient and less costly.

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According to PFR, Adney has played in all 10 of Tennessee’s games this season and recorded 19 steals (12 solo) with 2.5 rebounds, three quarterback sacks, seven fumbled tackles and one pass defensed. He was also a near-hero in Tennessee’s overtime win over Seattle, one of many former Steelers who made significant contributions to the team, with former Steelers running back James Conner topping the list.

As for Saturday’s second roster change, involving a former Steelers player, it involved the promotion of cornerback Briane Borders from the practice squad to the active/inactive squad. Borders played a major role for the Titans in 2020, moving up from practice team to starter, but his role has diminished somewhat this year, despite a strong training camp.

He has appeared in nine games in 2021 so far, but has only five interceptions and two passes defensed. He was released by the Titans on Nov. 9, 2021, but brought back through practice squad two days later. Borders is expected to host the Houston Texans on Sunday, November 21.

 

By Ethan