Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas., Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023.

Titans rookie QB Will Levis carted off vs. Texans

Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis was carted off the field early in the second quarter against the host Houston Texans on Sunday after suffering a right foot injury on a sack that resulted in a fumble return for a touchdown.

Texans defensive end Jerry Hughes sacked Levis and forced a fumble that was recovered by Sheldon Rankins and returned 13 yards for a touchdown with 10:02 left in the first half. The score extended the Texans’ lead to 17-0.

Levis had his right foot briefly examined on the sideline before being carted to the visiting locker room. Ryan Tannehill was under center on the Titans’ ensuing offensive series.

Levis did not play last Sunday in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He suffered an ankle injury late in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Texans in Week 15.

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Dec 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) walks the sideline during the first half against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans’ Ryan Tannehill to start vs. Seahawks; Will Levis inactive

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill will start Sunday’s game against the visiting Seattle Seahawks after the team listed rookie Will Levis as inactive.

Levis injured his ankle late in Tennessee’s 19-16 overtime loss to the Houston Texans last Sunday.

Tannehill, 35, was 2-4 as Tennessee’s starter before sustaining an ankle injury on Oct. 15. Levis is 3-5 after taking over following the team’s bye, throwing four touchdowns in his debut in a 28-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 29.

Levis, 24, has completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 1,792 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games this season. He was selected by the Titans in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft with the No. 33 overall pick.

Tannehill, who is in the final season for a four-year, $118 million deal, has connected on 62.0 percent of his passes for 1,128 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

In addition to Levis, the Titans (5-9) listed the following players as inactive: offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill, defensive lineman TK McLendon, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, wide receiver Kyle Philips, defensive back K’Von Wallace and tight end Trevon Wesco.

The inactives for the Seahawks (7-7) include wide receiver Dee Eskridge, safety Jamal Adams, cornerback Devon Witherspoon, linebacker Frank Clark Sr., guard McClendon Curtis, offensive tackle Raiqwon O’Neal and defensive tackle Myles Adams.

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Sep 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterbacks Malik Willis (7), Ryan Tannehill (17) and Will Levis (8) head to the field face the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ryan Tannehill in for injured Titans QB Will Levis

With quarterback Will Levis nursing a left ankle injury, Ryan Tannehill is expected to start for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday against the visiting Seattle Seahawks, per an ESPN report Saturday.

Levis, 24, who was injured last Sunday on a sack by the Houston Texans’ Desmond King, was limited in practice Friday after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday. The rookie is listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that Tannehill would start if Levis couldn’t play.

Tannehill, 35, was 2-4 as Tennessee’s starter before an ankle injury in Week 6 sidelined him. Levis was 3-5 after taking over in Week 8, throwing four touchdowns in his debut against the Atlanta Falcons.

Levis has completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 1,792 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

Tannehill, who is in the final season for a four-year, $118 million deal, has completed 62.0 percent of his passes for 1,128 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

“I just want to go out if I have the opportunity and play well to get a win,” Tannehill said. “You have to find some reason to go out there and bring passion and bring energy. Right now, I play for my teammates, my family and myself.”

In other injury news Saturday, the Titans placed two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons on injured reserve. Simmons has been out since injuring his right knee in a Week 12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Simmons, 26, was the 19th overall pick in the 2019 draft and finished this season with 5.5 sacks, 44 tackles, 11 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss. He signed a four-year, $94 million contract extension in April.

In 68 games (66 starts) over five seasons with the Titans, Simmons has 26.5 sacks, 233 tackles, 57 quarterback hits and 38 tackles for loss.

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Dec 17, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) is injured after being sacked by Houston Texans cornerback Desmond King II (25) defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins (98) in overtime at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans QB Will Levis (ankle) to have MRI

Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis will have an MRI on his sprained ankle on Monday, NFL Network reported.

The 2023 second-round pick was injured with 1:49 left in overtime in Sunday’s 19-16 loss to Houston. His body bent backward on a twisting tackle by safety Desmond King on the Texans’ seventh sack of the game.

Levis appeared to be in serious pain as medical staff rushed to evaluate him. He was helped off the field and taken to the medical tent, but later was seen jogging on the sideline.

“It could’ve been a lot worse,” Levis said after the loss, which dropped the Titans to 5-9. “It was definitely scarier in the moment than it was, but we will see what the trainers say. But (I) feel all right.”

Levis, 24, made his eighth start of the season and completed 17 of 26 passes for 199 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for 25 yards and a score.

Levis has completed 59.0 percent of his passes for 1,792 yards with eight TDs and four picks this season. He has been sacked 27 times.

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Oct 29, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) during the first second at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

QB Will Levis set for 2nd start after Titans rule out Ryan Tannehill

The Tennessee Titans ruled out quarterback Ryan Tannehill (ankle) for Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, handing the reins to rookie Will Levis to make his second pro start.

Tannehill is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain and will miss his second consecutive game.

Levis is 1-0 after firing four touchdown passes in his NFL debut last week, a 28-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Levis completed 19 of 29 passes for 238 yards and led the Titans to their highest scoring output of the season. Levis became just the third quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in his NFL debut, joining Fran Tarkenton (1961) and Marcus Mariota (2015).

However, his favorite target from last week, DeAndre Hopkins, is listed as questionable to play with a toe injury. Hopkins did not practice Wednesday after being estimated as limited on Monday and Tuesday, when the team held walkthroughs.

Levis hit Hopkins with four passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Falcons, including a long of 61 yards.

According to NFL Research, Levis’ three touchdown passes of 30-plus yards were the most in an NFL debut all time — excluding strike-shortened seasons. Two of the three deep balls went to Hopkins.

The Titans also ruled out offensive tackle Chris Hubbard (concussion), cornerback Roger McCreary (hamstring) and safety Mike Brown (ankle).

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Oct 29, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) throws a pass just before getting hit by Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle David Onyemata (90) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans QB Will Levis expected to start Thursday

Rookie quarterback Will Levis is expected to draw his second pro start when the Tennessee Titans visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night to kick off Week 9, ESPN reported.

Ryan Tannehill is still recovering from a high-ankle sprain and likely won’t be ready on the quick turnaround, per the report.

Levis is 1-0 after firing a “dream come true” four touchdown passes in his NFL debut on Sunday in the 28-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Levis completed 19 of 29 passes for 238 yards. He led the Titans to their highest scoring output of the season.

The Titans drafted Levis 33rd overall in the 2023 NFL Draft with Tannehill, 35, in the final year of his four-year, $118 million contract.

Levis became just the third quarterback ever to fire four touchdown passes in his NFL debut, joining Fran Tarkenton (1961) and Marcus Mariota (2015).

“This is a dream come true for sure,” Levis said. “I dreamed of this moment as a kid, and to get a win is incredible. But we have a few more minutes to celebrate it today, then we’re on to Pittsburgh.”

According to NFL Research, Levis’ three touchdown passes of 30-plus yards are the most in an NFL debut all-time — excluding strike-shortened seasons.

“Not a bad debut,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said postgame. “We hit some shots down the field. The opportunities to move the ball down the field were there, and we hit ’em.”

The Titans improved to 3-4. Thursday’s host Steelers are 4-3.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Will Levis (8) passes during an NFL football minicamp Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn.

QB Will Levis signs rookie deal with Titans

Quarterback Will Levis signed his rookie contract with the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.

He was the last of the team’s 2023 draft picks to sign.

While the Titans did not disclose contract terms, Spotrac said Levis’ deal is for four years and $9.5 million, with $3.9 million of it a signing bonus.

The Titans moved up in the draft in April to selected Levis with the No. 33 overall pick after he fell out of the first round.

The 6-foot-4 Levis spent two years at Penn State, then two at Kentucky. He appeared in 39 college games — starting all 24 games in his two seasons at Kentucky — and threw for a total of 5,877 yards with 46 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He added 742 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.

He was 17-7 as the Wildcats’ starter.

Levis took part in the Titans’ offseason activities alongside veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Malik Willis, a third-round draft pick in 2022.

The Titans open training camp on Wednesday. Their season opener is Sept. 10 at New Orleans.

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University of Kentucky senior quarterback Will Levis showed his passing form during a Pro Day workout at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023

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Reports: Texans plan to draft QB Will Levis No. 2 overall

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis is reportedly the target of the Houston Texans with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.

Pundits and draftniks have doubted the connection between Levis and the Texans with the second pick in the draft. NFL Network draft insider Daniel Jeremiah said this week he would be “floored if that’s what happens.”

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay linked Houston and Levis before the NFL Scouting Combine.

Levis has been compared to Jay Cutler and Josh Allen, a pair of first-round draft picks known for their rifle throwing arms.

While others remain convinced Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud will be the No. 2 pick, longtime Houston Texans beat writer John McClain reported the organization is in lockstep on the pick, and it’s Levis.

The Texans are seeking stability at the position which has been in flux since splitting with Deshaun Watson.

Davis Mills was the primary starter for the Texans last season. He had 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for the 3-13-1 Texans.

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University of Kentucky senior quarterback Will Levis showed his passing form during a Pro Day workout at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, Mar. 24, 2023

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Report: Patriots hosted QB Will Levis for pre-draft visit

The New England Patriots raised eyebrows Wednesday, the final day that teams were allowed to host draft prospects for Top 30 visits, when quarterback Will Levis dropped by, NFL Network reported Thursday.

After all, the Patriots have second-year starter Mac Jones atop the depth chart with Bailey Zappe and newly signed Trace McSorley also in the QB stable.

And despite all the drama between Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Jones last season, new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien said Tuesday that everyone on offense has a “fresh start, a clean slate” heading into the 2023 season.

Further, the Patriots pick 14th in next Thursday’s first round, and Levis is expected to be long gone by then.

Pro Football Talk reported earlier this month that Belichick had been shopping Jones this offseason, with the Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Commanders listed as possible destinations.

Jones, 24, is 16-15 as the starter over two seasons with the Patriots. He has completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 6,798 yards and 36 touchdowns against 24 interceptions.

Levis, 23, completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 5,232 yards with 43 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in two seasons at Kentucky.

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