Titans LB Rashaan Evans ejected for punching Broncos TE Jake Butt

Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans was ejected in the first quarter of Tennessee's game against the Denver Broncos on Monday.

Evans received a disqualification for punching Denver tight end Jake Butt in the head after a play. The third-year linebacker is one of the Titans' defenders who wears the green dot and calls plays in the huddle.

The loss of Evans was a big blow to the Titans' defense. Evans led the team with 139 tackles last season. He also had 11 tackles for loss.

The host Broncos scored a touchdown two plays after his ejection, when quarterback Drew Lock found tight end Noah Fant for a 9-yard touchdown.

Tennessee was already thin at linebacker with Vic Beasley Jr. and Derick Roberson both out with knee injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.