The Tennessee Titans continue to play it safe with Julio Jones.
That is why, coach Mike Vrabel said Monday, the seven-time Pro Bowler was on the field sparingly after halftime – and not at all in the fourth quarter – of Sunday’s 25-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium.
Even with A.J. Brown sidelined by a hamstring injury, Jones watched as unheralded players such as Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Racey McMath piled up the playing time while Tennessee tried to put away its AFC South rival. The Titans outscored the Colts 11-3 over the final 15 minutes.
At 32, Jones is one of the oldest wide receivers in the NFL in 2021, and injuries limited him to nine games played in his final season with the Atlanta Falcons, who traded him to the Titans in June.