Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel confirmed Monday that offensive lineman Peter Skoronski underwent a medical procedure but did not provide a timeline for how long it may take Skoronski to return.
Skoronski was ruled out Sunday in the win against the Los Angeles Chargers with an illness, which NFL Network has since reported was an appendectomy. Vrabel said he and the rest of the Titans’ staff became aware of the severity of Skoronski’s injury Saturday, forcing the team to adjust.
Without Skoronski, the Titans started Xavier Newman at left guard. Newman only lasted two drives, both of which ended in sacks that came through the left side of the Titans’ offensive line, before he was replaced at the position by Dillon Radunz. Radunz, who hadn’t played in any regular season or preseason game since tearing his ACL last December, finished the game there.
“Give a lot of credit to Dillon for being able to jump in there,” Vrabel said. “Being out 8 1/2 months, it’s impressive feat for him to play the 50 snaps he did and play them fairly well. So again, the concern is about Peter and his health. As a staff, we’ll be fine.”
The Titans picked Skoronski with the No. 11 pick in the first round of the NFL draft in April. He’s lined up as the starting left guard since he arrived in Nashville, including the season opener to the New Orleans Saints. Despite the loss, Skoronski graded as the Titans’ best run blocking offensive lineman per Pro Football Focus and only allowed one quarterback pressure in pass protection.
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The Titans (1-1) visit the Cleveland Browns (1-0) on Sunday (noon, CBS), looking to win their first road game of the season.
Nick Suss is the Titans beat writer for The Tennessean. Contact Nick at [email protected]. Follow Nick on X, the platform formerly called Twitter, @nicksuss.