Left guard Quinton Spain is on track to return to the Tennessee Titans starting lineup this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Spain, who missed two games after suffering a hyper-extended right knee the last time the Titans played the Colts, returned to action in Sunday’s victory over the Green Bay Packers, but only as a backup.
Spain came on to play a couple of snaps at offensive tackle on the Titans six-man line package after Taylor Lewan’s ejection forced Dennis Kelly into action with the starters.
“I think we’re going to throw Spain in and let him have a full practice Wednesday and see how he does,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He did well enough that we felt like he could go in if we had to have him this game. We kept him up with (Sebastian) Tretola being down, but we’ll put him back in there and see how he does.”
If Spain returns to the lineup, it will mean that Brian Schwenke, who drew praise from the head coach for his work filling in at left guard, will return to the bench.
“We have a lot of confidence in Schwenke. Brian’s done an unbelievable job for us. Really didn’t miss a beat with him in there. It’s been really good knowing that we have that ability,” Mularkey said.
The play of Schwenke and Kelly, who entered the game on the Titans’ second offensive series, offers further proof of how resilient the Titans offensive line has become. With those two in the game, Tennessee had only two starters who began the season with the first group on the field for the bulk of Sunday’s game – center Ben Jones and right tackle Jack Conklin. Josh Kline has manned the right guard spot since week three after Chance Warmack underwent hand surgery.
“It’s good, it’s very good,” Mularkey said of the offensive line depth. “I think, obviously, we addressed it in free agency and the draft. That’s one of the tougher positions in the NFL, I think, is O-line having depth. I mean, I think it’s a tough position, especially when you’re really specific with what we want to do.”