Veteran right tackle misses 3rd straight practice
Tennessee right tackle David Stewart has missed three straight
practices with a sore shoulder, and now the Titans have to decide
whether it’s better to sit the veteran Sunday against Jacksonville
and give him a little bit more rest.
Coach Mike Munchak said Friday that Stewart is questionable and
they’ll decide Saturday if he will miss his third game this season.
Munchak said Stewart has played without practicing but that it is
With only the season finale remaining after Sunday’s game, the
Titans (5-9) could shut down Stewart for the rest of the year. .
Byron Stingily or Mike Otto would start if Stewart doesn’t
”He’s missed a couple games now for that reason,” Munchak said
of Stewart not practicing. ”We would definitely consider that ..
then really with the rest how he would feel next week.”
Stewart was a fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State in
2005, and he has started all 116 games he has played since moving
into the starting lineup in his second season in 2006. He didn’t
miss a start until 2009 when he missed a start against San
Francisco on Nov. 8 the season Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards.
Stewart missed one game in 2011 and the first 12 in 2012 before
breaking his right leg Dec. 2 in a loss to Houston.
The ankle limited Stewart early this season and then he started
dealing with a shoulder injury. He missed a win at St. Louis on
Nov. 3 and a loss to the Jaguars on Nov. 10. Stewart said he knows
he’ll be talking with the team doctor with some MRI exams involved
once the season ends.
”It’s frustrating,” Stewart said. ”Just play through the pain
and see where it goes from there.”
Defensive tackle Mike Martin also is questionable after hurting
an ankle in practice Thursday.
Chris Johnson, given a day of rest Wednesday, is probable with a
sore knee. Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (shoulder), center Brian
Schwenke (ankle), cornerback Alterraun Verner (groin) are all
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