NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Titans center
Amano started at center the past two seasons for the Titans. He was injured Thursday night in practice when hit by a helmet while blocking on a pass attempt. He will have surgery next week.
Amano was competing for his starting spot with
"Fernando has taken reps the last couple of days, and we've talked about him going in this second week anyway and it worked out that way,'' Titans coach Mike Munchak said. "We're confident in him. Kevin Matthews will probably be back on Wednesday.
Velasco said he's been preparing for a chance to start, but didn't want it to happen at the expense of Amano.
"Being a backup guy, I always prepared like I was a starter anyway. I hate it for Eugene, but it's time for me to step up,'' Velasco said Friday. "I've always had confidence in myself, and I know I can play the game at this level and play it at a high level.''
The Titans also signed veteran center/guard Chris Morris.
The 6-foot-4 Morris has played four seasons with Oakland, and appeared in four games for Carolina in 2010. Last season, he spent time in training camp with New England and Detroit.