Offensive tackle Josue Matias will undergo surgery for a slight tear in his patella tendon and will miss the entire season.
Matias, an undrafted second-year pro from Florida State, was vying for the third tackle spot with the Tennessee Titans behind starters Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin.
“He is going to have have surgery. He’s got a slight tear of the patella tendon. He’s had that injury before on the same one. That’s a six-month injury,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.
Matias will have surgery and will be placed on injured reserve, leaving the Titans thin at tackle behind starters Taylor Lewan and rookie Jack Conklin.
“The one thing about Josue is that he is versatile. He can play guard and he could play tackle. He was playing better and better at left tackle as we went along. He was one of our most improved guys, I thought, as we came from the off-season,” Mularkey said.
The Titans played Quinton Spain, who started at left guard and is in the running for that spot, at left tackle with the second group in Saturday night’s 27-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Spain will remain with the first team at left guard for now in that competition against Brian Schwenke, according to Mularkey.
The only other left tackle hopeful on the roster right now is undrafted rookie Tyler Marz, though in a regular season game Mularkey hinted that Conklin would like be the choice at left tackle in the event o an injury to Taylor Lewan.
General manager Jon Robinson and Mularkey will continue to look at the waiver wire for help at the position. The Titans currently have the top spot in the pecking order for waiver claims.
“Tyler, out there, he’s improved. We moved Quinton out there to get some reps. Jack can always go over there if we’re talking regular season, if we had to. We have some options, and we’re still looking at the waiver wire to see who’s available daily,” Mularkey said.