Guard Steve Hutchinson’s season is over as he was officially placed on injured reserve by the club on Wednesday.
To fill his spot on the roster, the Tennessee Titans claimed guard Mitch Petrus off waivers from the New England Patriots.
Hutchinson, a 12-year veteran in his first season with the Titans, injured his knee in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans and will have arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to correct what Coach Mike Munchak called on Monday “loose bodies” in the right knee.
In addition to Petrus, the Titans on Tuesday signed guard Kyle DeVan for the fifth time this season, dating back to training camp and also signed tackle Daniel Baldridge to the 53-man roster to try and help an offensive line that has been beaten up this year.
The Titans also lost tackle David Stewart for the year on Sunday with a broken right leg, and had already lost guard Leroy Harris earlier this season and lost center Eugene Amano in training.
Even the lone surviving member of last year’s starting five, Michael Roos, was limited to a walk-through on Wednesday due to a knee injury suffered against the Texans on Sunday.
“I think Roos will be fine. He’s sore, but he’s doing the walk thru part of practices. He should be practicing, I would think, by Friday, so we’re assuming he’s going to be OK come Sunday, but that’s it,” Munchak said. “We’re going to have to shuffle it around a little bit. That’s what this league is all about. We’ve had to do more of it this year on the offensive line than we probably have in a long time. Last time we played Indianapolis, Roos didn’t play, and that’s when Leroy (Harris) got hurt in the first quarter, so we had two offensive linemen in that game, two backups in that game playing. It’s going to be similar this weekend.”
Mike Otto will take over at right tackle and Kevin Matthews will fit on the line somewhere, either going to center and moving starting center Fernando Velasco to left guard or simply taking the left guard spot himself.
As for other injuries, defensive end Kamerion Wimbley (toe) was better than expected on Wednesday, but did not practice. Receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) did not practice and will have to be monitored.