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Titans RG Chance Warmack likely out for year after finger surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Titans starting right guard Chance Warmack had surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right middle finger and is likely out for the season.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Warmack had an option where he could have played with the damaged finger and not had to wear a club. But Warmack opted for the surgery.

The Titans will put him on injured reserve, and Mularkey didn't sound like the team expects to recall Warmack from IR this season.

"We had a long discussion with him, all of his options, and he chose to have the surgery. ... So we'll place Chance on IR," Mularkey said. "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."

The Titans are using both Josh Kline and Brian Schwenke at right guard before deciding who will replace Warmack, the 10th pick in the 2013 draft out of Alabama.

"It really does suck," Schwenke said. "I've been that [injured] guy a couple times. It sucks on both ends, to be the guy and for the group to lose a guy you've been practicing with."

The injury could mean Warmack has played his last game for Tennessee. In May, the team elected not to execute its fifth-year option for 2017 that would have been worth $11.9 million.

Tennessee could ultimately want him back, but odds are good he will test the free-agent market in the spring, when he will be recovered and healthy as he tries to win over suitors.