On Sunday against the New England Patriots, the Tennessee Titans QB attempted to tackle safety Patrick Chung following a defensive fumble recovery.
According to the Associated Press report (via ESPN), the second-year QB injured his left shoulder on the hit and had to leave the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 16 at 11:02 p.m. ET by Justin Welton
According to ESPN's John Clayton, Locker will start Sunday's game at San Diego.
Locker finished last week's game vs. New England 23-of-32 for 229 yards. It was definitely a learning experience for the 24-year-old, and starting this week at San Diego will be another.
All you ask from essentially a rookie quarterback is improvement. We'll see what he does against the Chargers.
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However, the former first-round draft pick felt he could have easily re-entered the game—and likely would have if the contest were not out of reach and capable backup Matt Hasselbeck not available as an adequate replacement.
Locker told the AP, "I felt like I could go back in, and I let them know that. The medical staff made the decision they did."
Obviously, the organization made the right call in protecting a prized asset that it considers to be the franchise signal-caller for years to come.
The only people that could be truly bothered by the safety precautions that the Titans medical team utilized are Locker’s fantasy owners.
Fortunately for those relying on Locker in their fantasy leagues, The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt gives some encouraging news:
Titans QB Jake Locker practiced Wednesday and said he feels great— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 12, 2012
Locker said he plans to play on Sunday in San Diego— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 12, 2012
That's fantastic news, as It seemed the former Washington Husky was just getting in a groove in Week 1.
He went down after putting up a respectable stat line of 23-of-32 for 229 yards and one TD (with one INT and one fumble) via the air and two rushes for 11 yards on the ground against a flimsy NE defense.
Hasselbeck was 6-of-11 for 43 yards to finish the contest.
Locker’s combination of arm strength and quickness give the Titans the best chance to pull off an upset victory on the road, especially if he’s anywhere near 100 percent health.
Consider Locker a decent No. 2 QB option for Week 2 and make sure you stay tuned here on B/R for the latest news, updates, opinions and analysis on the Tennessee QB’s health.