According to John Glennon of The Tennessean, starting Titans center Eugene Amano left Thursday night's practice with a tricep injury and will likely undergo an MRI to see if there is any further damage to the muscle.
On a night when backup Kevin Matthews, who has been competing with Amano for the starting job, missed practice with concussion-like symptoms, the Titans ended up having to plug-in Fernando Velasco for the remainder of the practice.
The team will consider looking to sign another player if Amano and Matthews are forced to sit out for a significant amount of time.
“That’s how fast you can get in trouble at camp,” coach Mike Munchak told reporters after the game. “You think one minute you have 15 (offensive linemen) and guys can’t get any reps. The next minute two guys get hurt and you’re in trouble. We’ll see how these guys are and hopefully we won’t have to worry about getting anybody else.”
With the two top competitors for the center job now out, it is expected that Velasco will be given the first opportunity to establish himself in the spot until Amano and Matthews are able to return.
Thus far in camp, Velasco has spent most of his time at guard, where it was thought that he would give returning starter Leroy Harris a run for the starting right guard spot, but has now been thrust into the mix at center.