Guard Released After Incident In Arkansas

The Tennessee Titans released guard Sebastian Tretola on Friday with a non-football injury designation. The move comes on the day the Titans report to St. Thomas Sports Park to open training camp.

No reason was given for the move, though it is believed to be in response to a recent off-field incident.

A sixth round pick in 2016, Tretola was wounded when he was struck in the leg by a gun shot outside a bar in Fayetteville Ark. last Sunday morning.

The latest incident was the second off-field situation involving Tretola since he joined the team last season.

Tretola and teammate Tajae Sharpe were allegedly involved in an assault outside the Tin Roof Bar in Nashville last April. A civil suit was filed by the alleged victim prompting a counter suit from Tretola and Sharpe.

Tretola appeared in just one game in 2016, spending most of the season on the team’s practice squad. He was projected to make the 53 man roster this season and potentially compete for a starting spot. The team announced the signing of offensive lineman Jake Simonich to replace Tretola.

The Titans also announced the release of linebacker Johnny Ragins who will be replaced by linebacker Erik Walden, who was signed on Thursday.

While expectations for Tretola were high entering the season, general manager Jon Robinson and the Titans chose not to deal with the latest off-field incident involving the former Razorback.

Tretola becomes a free-agent and can sign with a team of his choosing. His release makes sense for both player and team.  The move allows Tretola to potentially sign with and participate in camp with a new team though his pending legal issues could prevent some teams from signing him.

The Titans now move forward without potential distractions surrounding the latest incident with Tretola.