Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans was sent off Monday in the first quarter of Tennessee̵
Evans received a disqualification for punching Denver’s Jake Butt in the head after a game. The third year linebacker is one of the Titans defenders who wears the green dot and calls plays in the meeting.
The loss of Evans was a severe blow to the defense of the Titans. Evans led the team with 139 tackles last season. He also had 11 tackles per loss.
Host Broncos hit a touchdown two plays after his dismissal when quarterback Drew Lock found tight end Noah Fant for a 9-yard touchdown.
Tennessee was already skinny as a linebacker with Vic Beasley Jr. and Derick Roberson both out with knee injuries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.