The biggest news Wednesday from Saint Thomas Sports Park was starting Guard Chance Warmack being placed on injured-reserve (he will be eligible to return Week Nine) due to a torn tendon in his right middle finger. Titans head Coach Mike Mularkey said he and Chance reviewed their options and the 4th year player from Alabama opted to have surgery. If Warmack decided to play through it, he would have to play with a club protecting his hand.
“Chance (Warmack) opted for surgery on the finger, said Mularkey. “We had a long discussion with him on all of his options and he chose to have the surgery on it, so we’ll place Chance on IR with that injury. You know, it’s something that we’re going to put him on IR. He can return, but this is an injury that he’s going to end up having to wear a club anyhow, even when that time comes up. That’s a tough position to play with a club on your hand.”
It must be noted, the Titans declined to pick up the $11.7 million option on Warmack’s contract for the 2017 season. It is reasonable to predict Warmack has played his last game for the Titans this past Sunday.
Meanwhile, guard Josh Kline and center Brian Schwenke got reps at Warmack’s right guard position in Wednesday’s practice and Mularkey believes Schwenke will see the bulk of the action Sunday.
“Brian Schwenke has been rotating in there at all three positions,” Mularkey said. “He has to because of his role on Sundays, so that’s not as big a deal with him. He knows all the calls. A little tougher on Josh Kline. He’s the latest edition, but he’s picked it up rather quickly. You know, we’ve spent a lot of time with him. Mike Sullivan did a great job with him. He knows it. He just doesn’t work with those guys, but as far as communication, he’s played in some pretty big games in his career, so we feel pretty good about him, as well. The chemistry—they’ve got to come together and we’ve got a good test. They’ve got some big defensive linemen they’ve got to handle this weekend.”