UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11 at 10:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
As has been expected, Jake Locker will play this weekend. He's just going to toss a brace on his non-throwing shoulder and give it a go. From ESPN.com:
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker separated his left (non-throwing) shoulder in his team's Week 1 loss but expects to be able to play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
Locker had an MRI exam Monday to make sure he didn't suffer any structural damage to his shoulder.
Locker was sore Monday and may have to split work Wednesday with Matt Hasselbeck in practice. He also likely will wear a brace.
The Titans are lucky to have a steady backup in Hasselbeck ready to go. But with Kenny Britt returning and Nate Washington suffering only a leg contusion on Sunday, we'll all be waiting anxiously to see how Locker runs this offense with his full complement of weapons on Sunday.
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UPDATE: Monday, September 10 at 3:45 p.m. ET by Richard Langford
Jake Locker doesn't need his shoulder to be attached to his body to play football! The Titans are so confident of this fact that they are already penciling him into the starting lineup for next week's Chargers game. The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt passed along the news:
Jake Locker is expected to play on Sunday in San Diego, Munchak said again Monday— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 10, 2012
While this injury occurred in his non-throwing shoulder, it will still be a big concern during play. Locker is a quarterback that likes to use his mobility. It will be interesting to see if he will be as quick to leave the pocket while dealing with his ailing shoulder.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 5:45 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
More good news for Locker—while he did separate his shoulder in this one, he'll be back for the team next week. From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
Via Wyatt's report, coach Mike Munchak said Locker will be re-evaluated on Monday, and Locker said he expects to play next week against the San Diego Chargers.
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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 4:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Titans fans, breathe easy—it sounds as though Locker's injury isn't all that serious. From Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:
Munchak said Locker wanted to go back in game. Said the injury is a bruise but will get checked out. #Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 9, 2012
This is about the only good news Titans fans have after watching their team lose 34-13 at the hands of the New England Patriots. Then again, the Titans won't be the first team to get smoked by a very good Patriots team this year.
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NFL insider for the NFL Network Ian Rapoport was on the scene when Locker was injured:
Jake Locker is walking off, not moving his left arm. Nate Washington was helped off. Terrible sequence for #Titans— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2012
On the sideline, Jake Locker is down. Trainers huddle around him, holding his shoulder.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2012
Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt is reporting about Locker’s status for the remainder of the game:
#Titans say Locker's return is questionable with left shoulder injury— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 9, 2012
Not only was the play reversed and called an incomplete pass, but receiver Nate Washington also looked to be knocked unconscious on the hit that jarred the ball loose in the first place. That makes two key injuries to the Titans offense on one play.
Matt Hasselbeck is in for the Titans while the team diagnoses Locker’s injury.
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