It appears as if the Tennessee Titans will be going into this Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts missing not one, but two of last week’s starters.
According to a source, left guard Steve Hutchinson’s outlook for playing is “not great” following an MRI on Monday regarding his injured right knee.
Right tackle David Stewart is out for the season after breaking his right leg Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Hutchinson, in his 12th NFL season, signed with the Titans in the off-season to help stabilize the interior of the offensive line. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
According to Coach Mike Munchak on Monday, the Titans did not believe Hutchinson has anything torn in his knee, but there are “loose bodies” in the knee.
Also, left tackle Michael Roos suffered a knee injury in the game, but returned to finish the contest. He will be limited in practice, but likely will start Sunday at Indianapolis.
Mike Otto has already been installed as the right tackle in place of David Stewart, and Kevin Matthews would appear to be the next man up to replace Hutchinson, though he was whistled for holding three times on Sunday. If Hutchinson’s injury keeps him out for multiple weeks, the Titans might consider putting Matthews at center, where he is most comfortable and putting starting center Fernando Velasco at guard.
The Titans will have to add at least one offensive lineman to the roster this week, perhaps bringing back guard Kyle DeVan one more time.
At any rate, the Titans now have just one starter left – Roos – from the five players who opened training camp as the first-team offensive line. Center Eugene Amano was lost in training camp and has since been joined by guard Leroy Harris with Stewart now to follow.