Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans were thrown out in the first quarter of Tennessee̵
Evans received a disqualification for hitting Denver tight end Jake Butt in the head after a game. The third-year linebacker is one of the Titans’ defenders, wearing the green dot and calling games in the jaw.
The loss of Evans was a major blow to Titan’s defense. Evans led the team with 139 tackles last season. He also had 11 tackles for losses.
Host Broncos scored a touchdown two games after his draft as quarterback Drew Lock found the tight end of Noah Fant for a 9-yard touchdown.
Tennessee was already thin on linebacker with Vic Beasley Jr. and Derick Roberson both out with knee injuries.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.