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Amano, Matthews both injured

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Tennessee Titans starting center Eugene Amano suffered a right triceps injury from a collision in team drills during Thursday night's practice.

Amano left the field holding his arm and was escorted by trainers to the locker room.

Coach Mike Munchak said the team would evaluate Amano, who was expected to be sent for an MRI.

“He got it caught, I think a helmet hit, but I'm not sure,” Munchak said. “A lot of times once the soreness settles down, it's not an issue.”

Amano is in a battle for his starting job with Kevin Matthews, who sat out practice with concussion symptoms. Matthews will be evaluated day-to-day as a precaution.

Those two injuries left Fernando Velasco, who is battling for the starting right guard spot with Leroy Harris, finishing at center.

The Tennessee Titans center battle is suddenly a battle of attrition.
Starting center Eugene Amano suffered an injured triceps in Thursday night's practice, apparently being hit by a helmet during team drills. Amano was down for a couple of minutes on the field before getting up and being escorted to the locker room by trainers. He is expected to have an MRI to determine the seriousness of the injury.

“He got it caught it caught, I think a helmet hit, but I'm not sure,” Titans coach Munchak said. “A lot of times once the soreness settles down, it's not an issue.”

Amano is in a battle for the Titans starting center position, but his backup, second-year pro Kevin Matthews, might also miss some time. He did not practice on Thursday due to concussion-like symptoms. Munchak said Matthews will be day-to-day regarding his return.

With Amano and Matthews both unavailable, that left the third man in the battle, Fernando Velasco, at center with the starters for the rest of practice. The Titans had been wanting to get Velasco into the center mix, as he has been battling with Leroy Harris for the starting right guard position.

Depending upon the seriousness of the injuries to Amano and Matthews, the Titans may be forced to look at free agent centers for depth. They have undrafted rookie center William Vlachos and veteran guard Kyle DeVan, who can play center.

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