NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Left tackle
Four of the five starting offensive linemen are on the injury report as the Titans (3-5) prepare to host Chicago (6-1). Left guard
Roos sat out last week as he recovered from an appendectomy, snapping his 119-game consecutive start streak. Now that he's had 10 days to recover, Roos may be healthier than some of his line mates.
"I always want to be out there," Roos said after practice Wednesday. "It was definitely weird to miss one. I'm definitely looking forward to getting back out there and get back with the group and see how well we can play against them."
The question is exactly who will wind up on the field Sunday against the Bears. Velasco practiced fully Wednesday, and Stewart managed to finish the game last week after both he and Harris got hurt on the same play on the opening drive. He didn't practice Wednesday, but coach Mike Munchak is hoping Stewart can practice by Friday and be available.
"He's a guy that usually rallies and can play," Munchak said of Stewart. "We should have him back. Probably the only position will be right guard."
Harris had surgery on his right knee during the offseason, which limited him during preseason. He did not return against the Colts and watched practice Wednesday. Munchak said either
"Guys are so different with knees and how they respond to them," Munchak said. "Now it's more of a day-to-day to see where he's at and then we can figure it out. I would think he'll definitely be playing again here sooner rather than later."
The Titans rank 12th in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass attempt and have given up 15 sacks this season. They gave up only two in the 19-13 overtime loss to Indianapolis last week even with backup
Chicago coach Lovie Smith said the Titans have an excellent offensive line, and he credited both Munchak and Titans' offensive line coach Bruce Matthews.
"Their expertise is the offensive line, they're Hall of Famers, you know what you're going to get from the offensive line and the running game, so that's what we have to be mindful of this week," Smith said.
The Bears come to Tennessee with 23 sacks and rank seventh in sacks per pass attempt. Munchak said the Bears crowd the line and attack and called it a "big challenge."
"It's not like the most crazy thing in the world when those guys have to get reps in a game," Hasselbeck said. "They play together. It's not the same five guys all the time. In that regard, I think we're well prepared for it."