The Tennessee Titans head into Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears with a beat-up offensive line that will be missing right guard Leroy Harris.
Harris has already been declared out after not practicing all week. His knee has troubled him since training camp as he was given each Wednesday off up until the past two games. Now, he will miss some time.
“It's that gray area injury where some guys could come back quicker, some guys could play with it. It's a matter of seeing what his pain level is and what the healing looks like and decide from there what the next step is,” Coach Mike Munchak said.
Harris isn't the only Titans offensive lineman that is hurting. Left tackle Michael Roos is probable after having his appendix taken out and missing last week. Center Fernando Velasco is probable after suffering a mild concussion, and tackle David Stewart is questionable with a knee injury. Earlier this week, the Titans signed guard Kyle DeVan to help with depth purposes.
“It seems like it is one of the more beat up ones since I've been around,” Roos said. “We have 10 o-line guys now. I don't ever remember having that many. Hopefully, we can make it through and get some guys back next week.”
Veteran Deuce Lutui will step in and start for Harris. Lutui, signed in week two, has been inactive all season, waiting for his opportunity.
“I know when Leroy went down it was a big loss for this offensive line. I've been studying and waiting for my chance. After meetings, (offensive line coach) Bruce (Matthews) told me, 'Hey, you're starting this week,'” Lutui said. 'I'll do my best to not miss a beat and to be ready for Sunday. For me, I've played in a lot of games and the timing is perfect for me to be in this situation and to step up for the team.”
Regarding other injuries, quarterback Jake Locker is still not likely to be suited up for Sunday against the Bears, but was upgraded to doubtful this week, as Munchak said he could play in an emergency situation.
Linebacker Patrick Bailey (ribs) is out, while linebacker Will Witherspoon (hamstring) and cornerback Tommie Campbell ( ankle) are questionable.
Others listed as probable include receiver Kenny Britt (knee), linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle), receiver Nate Washington (knee) and defensive end Kamerion Wimbley (toe).