Tennessee Titans will play Jake Locker if he's ready Injured shoulder not likely to keep quarterback out 8:10 PM, Sep 10, 2012 Written by Jim Wyatt The Tennessean
No matter how Jake Locker feels, Titans coach Mike Munchak knows his quarterback will tell coaches and trainers he’s fine and ready to play against the Chargers.
By the end of the week, Munchak suspects Locker actually will be ready. Until then, however, the Titans plan to ease the second-year pro back into action.
Locker separated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Patriots in the season opener and did not finish the game. The Titans play at San Diego on Sunday.
“If we feel he can be productive … and can run around and do the things he needs to do to play the position, we are going to be fine with him playing,” Munchak said Monday. “If for some reason he is not able to do those things, then we won’t put him in a position he shouldn’t be in.
“We see it as something that gets better quickly. We feel good about the chances of him playing this week.”
Locker was 23-of-32 passing for 229 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception, in his first NFL start. He was hurt while tackling Patriots safety Patrick Chung, who was returning an apparent fumble. Officials then ruled the play should’ve been blown dead because Titans receiver Nate Washington never had possession of the ball, making it an incomplete pass.
Locker injured again, Titans self-destruct in loss to Texans Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 8:29pm Staff reports
One-quarter of the way through his first season as an NFL starter, there is some question about Jake Locker’s ability to finish a contest.
For the second time in four games the Tennessee Titans quarterback was knocked out of a game with a left (non-throwing) shoulder injury. Sunday he failed to make it out of the first quarter of a 38-14 loss to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
“I really don’t know what to expect from it until we get a chance to look at it,” Locker said. “I’m going to do everything in my power to be on the field.
“It was the toughest part of playing any game in my opinion. You have to stand on the sideline and watch your team compete and you want to be out there with them.”
Backup Matt Hasselbeck threw two second-half interceptions, both of which the Texans returned for touchdowns, and was sacked three times and lost a fumble. He did throw two touchdown passes, but the second was with 57 seconds to play, after Houston had scored the first 24 straight points of the second half.
Tennessee Titans expected to start Matt Hasselbeck against Indianapolis Colts 7:23 PM, Oct 22, 2012 Written by Jim Wyatt The Tennessean
A simmering quarterback debate can be put on the back burner for at least another week.
The Titans are expecting Matt Hasselbeck to start his fourth straight game Sunday, when the Colts visit LP Field, as Jake Locker continues to recover from a left shoulder injury.
There’s no target date for Locker’s return, but coach Mike Munchak reiterated that the second-year pro wouldn’t lose his job.
“When he’s ready, he’ll be the guy playing,’’ Munchak said Monday. “We just don’t know when that is right now. We are assuming that everything is moving along the way it should and he should be able to play sooner rather than later. … You just don’t know how long it is going to take.”
In the meantime, however, more questions are surfacing about whether the Titans should stick with Hasselbeck if they keep winning with him.
The 14th-year pro is 2-1 as the starter in place of Locker, and the offense turned in its most complete performance to date during last Sunday’s 35-34 win over the Bills. After a 1-4 start, the Titans are 3-4.