Derrick Morgan Tears ACL, Will Miss Remainder of Season
The news comes on the same day the NFL announced Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil had been fined $40,000 for his one-fingered obscene "gesture" toward officials in a loss to the Broncos Sunday,
Morgan, the team's first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury and will be placed on injured reserve, Fisher said. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported the move via Twitter.
And while Cecil's fine will hurt financially, Morgan's loss will be felt on the field.
Because although Morgan had yet to make a huge impact for the Titans, rookie defensive end/pass rushers often take several weeks or months -- and sometimes longer to develop.
Morgan hadn't started, but had played each of the first four games and had registered a sack and a half. He also had played both end positions, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher had talked positively of his early-season development.
A torn ACL isn't the automatic career-lessening injury it once was, and there's every reason to believe Morgan can return to play at a high level. But for a Titans defense that has shown solid signs of improvement at times early this season, it's a tough loss of a player who had shown signs of making a serious contribution the longer the season continued.