UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET by Adam Wells
Jake Locker suffered a nasty-looking shoulder injury during Sunday's loss to the Texans, and according to CBS Sports's Jason La Canfora, the team expects veteran backup and last year's starter Matt Hasselbeck to start this week vs. the Vikings.
La Canfora says Locker underwent an MRI on his shoulder Monday and is expected “to miss at least a week or two recovering.” The full extent of the injury is unclear at this point.
On the plus side, Hasselbeck is good enough to carry the load for a short amount of time. As long as he isn't asked to put the team on his back, he should be fine.
On the negative side of things, Locker is losing development time after starting to show signs that he was figuring things out. It is not a big blow to his future, but it does put him a little bit behind the eight-ball.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.com has a few updates on Locker's status:
Jake Locker will have MRI on shoulder.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 30, 2012
Mike Munchak says #Titans will evaluate Locker and decide if he needs to be shut down for a bit.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 30, 2012
This obviously is disappointing news for Locker, the Titans and the team's fans. One of the exciting aspects of this season was seeing how the young quarterback would develop. Hopefully, he won't lose too much time and the injury won't be too serious.
The one silver lining is that Matt Hasselbeck is an excellent backup quarterback, so the Titans should still compete. Well, at least as much as they've been competing this season, which isn't very much.
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According to Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com, Locker was hit right on the shoulder by Texans safety Glover Quin. It was a clean hit, but Locker was clearly in pain after it happened and walked off the field.
Quin came in clean off the edge & hit Locker in the shoulder. Locker just walked off the field w/ trainers #TexansGameday— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) September 30, 2012
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com doesn't see much hope on the horizon for Locker, at least not based on what the Titans quarterback looks like on the sidelines.
I am no doctor, but #Titans QB Jake Locker is in a sling on the sidelines. Left arm. I'd guess that means he's done.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2012
The Titans are not completely devoid of talent at the quarterback position, as Matt Hasselbeck is a capable backup who handled himself in the starting role quite well most of last season.
Hasselbeck has already performed well since entering the game, engineering a touchdown drive that pulled the Titans to within 14-7. Still, given the way that Locker was really starting to come into his own, you hope he isn't out for too long.
The Titans have updated Locker's status for the rest of the game as questionable.
Despite the questionable prognosis, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean believes that fans should not expect to see Locker back in this game.
Locker's return is questionable. I wouldn't expect to see him again today for #Titans— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 30, 2012
We will keep you updated on Locker's status for the rest of this game and the future as soon as more information becomes available.