Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Titans safety Johnathan Cyprien has been lost for the season after suffering a season-ending injury in Wednesday’s practice.
Coach Mike Vrabel delivered the news on Thursday.
“Devastated to tell you that after checking him out, he tore his ACL and he will be out for the year,” Vrabel said of Cyprien. “It’s tough for me as a new head coach to watch guys work extremely hard in the offseason and care about the team and play hard and do everything we ask them to do and not get a chance to experience the NFL season this year.”
Demontre Hurst worked in Cyprien’s place with the first team defense in Thursday’s practice, alongside fellow safety Kevin Byard.
Vrabel said Kendrick Lewis will also be among those competing at the position. Vrabel said the team plans to discuss other options in free agency, and confirmed free agent safety Eric Reid is among the players the Titans have talked about bringing in for a visit.
“We’ll probably talk here in a little bit about looking to bring some guys in, and work them out, and see who can help us out,” Vrabel said.
Cyprien, signed in free agency prior to the 2017 season, started 10 games for the Titans in 2017 and finished the year with 65 tackles and one sack. He played four seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Titans.
“What these ACLs are, I’ve never had one, but it’s fairly non-contact with that injury,” Vrabel said. “Just running and making a football movement, a football play, and unfortunately the knee didn’t respond well.”