Akeem Ayers LB NE 2 Months

Ayers was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.

Ayers had merely served as a backup linebacker in Tennesssee, so he should see an opportunity to play more snaps in a group of New England linebackers that recently lost Jerod Mayo (knee) for the remainder of the season. The 25-year-old linebacker recorded 104 combined tackles back in 2012, but has managed just 33 total snaps so far this season. The deal will be finalized after Ayers passes his physical with New England.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 4 Months

Ayers is currently listed behind fellow linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on the Titans' depth chart.

Ayers had offseason surgeries on both knees, but he hasn't been limited in training camp. He'll be battling Wimbley for playing time, and even if he doesn't start, the former second-round pick, who had only one sack in 16 games in 2013, is expected to see his fair share of snaps.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 5 Months

TitanInsider reports "there may be concerns about the timetable" of OLB Akeem Ayers' (knee surgeries) return to 100 percent.

Ayers underwent two separate knee operations in the offseason to repair both of his patellar tendons, first on his right one in January and then his left one in March. He's tentatively expected to be ready for camp, but may not be full-go at the start. Ayers plans on playing outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense. When healthy, he can cover and get after the quarterback.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 5 Months

TitanInsider reports "there may be concerns about the timetable" of Titans LB Akeem Ayers' (knees) return to 100 percent.

Ayers underwent two separate knee operations in the offseason to repair the patella tendons in his knees, first on his right one in January and then his left one in March. He's tentatively expected to be ready for camp, but may not be full-go at the start. Ayers plans on playing outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense. When healthy, he can cover and get after the quarterback.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 7 Months

Titans SLB Akeem Ayers is recovering from surgery to both knees.

Only one procedure had previously been disclosed. Ayers had operations to "repair the patella tendon" in both knees. He underwent surgery on his right knee in January before having the left operated on six weeks later. "Day to day" for OTAs, Ayers is expected to be ready for camp.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 8 Months

Titans SLB Akeem Ayers (knee) remains without a timetable for a return.

Speaking Tuesday, coach Ken Whisenhunt hinted Ayers won't be ready to resume practicing before June. "Akeem is . working hard. He's been in here the last few weeks working, which he needed to do. He's making some progress." We'd still expect Ayers to gain full clearance before camp, but it shouldn't be considered a given until the Titans clear up his status. They haven't disclosed the exact nature of his January operation.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 8 Months

Titans SLB Akeem Ayers (knee) is not expected to participate in OTAs next week.

Ayers is working his way back from offseason knee surgery and hasn't been cleared for the Titans' voluntary minicamp. His exact timetable is unknown, but there hasn't been any indication he won't be ready for training camp.

Akeem Ayers LB NE 11 Months

Titans SLB Akeem Ayers underwent offseason knee surgery.

The full details of the injury aren't yet available, but Ayers apparently played through a knee issue the entire season without missing any time. Depending on his recovery timetable, he could be in a race to get cleared for the Titans' offseason program.

Akeem Ayers LB NE Jun 15 '79

Titans SLB Akeem Ayers (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday.

It's the first time he's practiced since missing the final two preseason games with an ankle injury. Ayers is on track to be ready for Week 1 against the Steelers.

Akeem Ayers LB NE Jun 10 '79

Titans SLB Akeem Ayers (ankle) is expected to be ready for the season opener.

Ayers missed the Titans' final two preseason games with an ankle injury, but it was never a major concern. He's expected to take on more of a pass rushing role after finishing with six sacks in 2012. Zach Brown (shoulder) is also on track to be ready for Week 1.