How quickly can Roos recover?

October, 23, 2012
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Titan left tackle Michael Roos had an appendectomy on Monday morning.

Will he be back and ready to matchup against Dwight Freeney, or Robert Mathis, of the Colts on Sunday?

I asked ESPN’s resident physical therapist Stephania Bell, who gave it a definite maybe.

“To me it seems tough to be able to do what he needs to do on the line that quickly,” she said. “I never say never with medicine … look at what some guys are doing these days. But it wouldn’t surprise me if he missed a week."

She pointed to Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and baseball outfielder Matt Holliday for comparison.

Roethlisberger had an appendectomy Sept. 4, 2006. He missed the Steelers’ Thursday night season-opener but returned to action on Sept. 18.

Holliday returned to action in nine days in 2011.

“As a tackle, the demands are different," Bell said. “Lot of resistance work through the trunk."

It seems to me Roos has been playing better in recent weeks after a slow start. There will be a giant drop-off if the Titans have to turn to backup Mike Otto against Indianapolis.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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