Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) warms up during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR Julio Jones designated to return from IR

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday.

He was not alone, as safety Dane Cruikshank and wide receiver Racey McMath also received the same designation from the Titans (8-4).

The designations open a 21-day window for all three players to be activated to the 53-man roster.

Jones, who was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 13 with an ailing hamstring, has struggled to stay healthy in his first season with the Titans. He sat out three games earlier this season due to a hamstring injury.

Jones, 32, has 21 receptions for 336 yards and no touchdowns in six games this season. The seven-time Pro Bowler was acquired from Atlanta in the offseason after playing 10 seasons for the Falcons.

Cruikshank, who was placed on IR on Nov. 13 with a knee injury, has recorded 32 tackles and one forced fumble in nine games.

McMath, 22, played sparingly in four games before sustaining a quadriceps injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 8.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Racey McMath (81) pulls in a catch during a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Saturday, July 31, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans WR Racey McMath added to reserve/COVID list

The Tennessee Titans added wide receiver Racey McMath to the reserve/COVID-19 list, which will keep him out of Saturday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

McMath joins six other players, including starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, sidelined by the protocol.

McMath’s position coach, Rob Moore, and offensive line assistant Jason Houghtaling also will miss the game.

It was clear if McMath and the coaches tested positive for the virus or if they were deemed close contacts of someone who did.

Head coach Mike Vrabel tested positive for the virus last weekend. Special teams coach Craig Aukerman has cleared the protocol and will handle communications with the team in Saturday’s preseason finale.

McMath was a sixth-round pick out of Louisiana State by the Titans this year.

The Titans are scheduled to host the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 12 to open the 2021 season.

–Field Level Media