Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker suffered an ankle fracture and ligament damage on Sunday (9th) and will no longer play in the 2018 National Football League season.
Nashville-based coach Mike Vrabel told reporters on Monday that the 82nd shirt will undergo surgery in the coming days.
The Titans put Walker on the injured reserve on Monday but did not reveal the nature of the injury. In a corresponding decision, the team hired tight end MyCole Pruitt, who was in the training squad of the Houston Texans.
Walker was given a 15-yard pass by reserve quarterback Blaine Gabbert and fell strangely while undergoing a tackle from Miami Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald’s in the final quarter of the Titans’ 27- 20 loss.
The doctors placed a towel over Walker’s head as they immobilized the athlete’s right leg with air protection. They then placed the ET in the litter cart and took it straight to the locker room.
Prior to the NFL’s 2018 season, the Titans settled a two-year contract extension worth $ 17 million ($ 12.76 million) with Walker.
Currently 34, Walker was selected for his third consecutive Pro Bowl in 2017 after leading the Titans with 74 receptions for 807 yards. He scored three touchdowns received.
He and Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs are the only NFL tight ends with at least 800 yards received in each of the last four seasons. Watch NFL live stream free online match from here.
The 2018 season is Walker’s 13th in the NFL and his sixth in the Titans jersey. Over the previous five seasons, he made 356 receptions, the largest amount for a TE.
Selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 draft, with the 175th overall pick, Walker served in the California franchise until the 2012 season, reaching the Titans the following year.
In 176 regular season games in his career so far, he has collected 483 receptions for 5,673 yards and 34 touchdowns.
In other news from the Titans medical department, Vrabel noted that offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is on the concussion protocol and the head coach was emphatic about the offensive line player doing nothing until he was completely released.
On the blow by defensive lineman Andre Branch of the Miami Dolphins, Vrabel said he did not think she was dirty, but “absolutely” felt that Lewan was a target.
The Titans coach also said quarterback Marcus Mariota’s elbow injury is still being evaluated but said the expectation is good news. He and General Manager Jon Robinson talked about adding a new quarterback if need be.