The Tennessee Titans suffered their first severe injury of the 2016 season during day one of their full roster OTA when offensive tackle Byron Bell went down with what head coach Mike Mularkey described as a dislocated ankle.
Bell went down with just four plays remaining in the practice when he became tangled in a pile of bodies on a run play. He immediately went to the ground and was in obvious pain from the injury which was visibly evident from the sidelines.
Medial personnel placed an air cast on his injured left ankle and he was taken by cart into the training room. He was later seen walking through the locker room following practice on crutches with the air cast still in place.
The entire practice field became silent while Bell was down and being attended to, with players obviously concerned for their fallen teammate. Fellow tackle Taylor Lewan and quarterback Marcus Mariota were both around the medical staff as they attended to Bell, with general manager Jon Robinson, Mularkey and offensive line coach Russ Grimm close by.
Fellow lineman Chance Warmack found it hard to talk about his friends injury following the practice.
"Very difficult man, I'm not going to lie to you," said Warmack. "He's one of my friends, and a teammate and I'm going to call him tonight."
"It's unexpected, just an unexpected thing you know,' continued Warmack. "I don't even want to talk about it, for real, so."
While Mularkey did indicated that it was a dislocation, there obviously was no word on an other possible damage suffered or a timetable for what he will have to undergo medically, or when, or if he will return this season.
Injuries are part of this game we cover and love, but it is always difficult to witness what we saw on day one of Titans OTA's in regard to Bell's injury.