Another week, another shoulder injury for Jake Locker.
UPDATE: Sunday, October 7 at 3:28 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 4:22 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
#Titans coach Mike Munchak said Jake Locker will not start at Minnesota this week. Matt Hasselbeck will start.— Tennessee Titans (@tennesseetitans) October 3, 2012
Adjust your fantasy rosters accordingly.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 10:55 a.m. ET by Jessica Isner
Well, on the plus side, this should give you plenty of time to think about how you're going to adjust your fantasy roster accordingly.
It's only Tuesday, but we already know Jake Locker is going to be a no-go this weekend against theVikings, according to a tweet from TitanInsider.com's Terry McCormick:
Jake Locker will not play this week against Vikings, per a league source, due to shoulder.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 2, 2012
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After being sacked by Houston's Glover Quin early in the first quarter, Locker was able to walk off the field and disappeared into the locker room, only to return shortly thereafter with his arm in a sling. He attempted just two passes before going down and was replaced by veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who went 17-for-25 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and two picks.
Hasselbeck led the Titans to a 38-14 loss, which all but killed any momentum they gained from a 44-41 victory over Detroit in Week 3.
Now, following Locker's second shoulder injury in the first four weeks of the season, it's hard to predict the timetable for his return. As expected, Locker was vague with regards to his status after Sunday's game, telling the Associated Press that his prognosis is unclear and that he was unaware of the results of X-rays that were taken at the stadium.
As of Monday, ESPN.com reported that an MRI revealed "no structural damage." Titans head coach Mike Munchak told the website that the nature of this injury is the same as Locker's first, and further updates should be available on Tuesday or Wednesday.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, however, a source revealed that Locker separated the shoulder and is unlikely to be available for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
CBSSports.com's Matt Rybaltowski reports that a decision on Locker's status could come by Tuesday, but he shouldn't be ruled out for Sunday's game just yet.
Munchak told Rybaltowski:
The last time he surprised a lot of us with how good he felt within 48 to 72 hours. I hope he's that way so we can make the decision what's best for him and the team.
This week, The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt spoke to a Nashville doctor who specializes in shoulder dislocations and was told that eventually, Locker will probably need surgery.
In the short term, though, Dr. Mike Pagnani—who served as a team physician for the New York Giants and the Nashville Predators in the past—told Wyatt that Locker could benefit from "a few weeks" of rest, though he is not involved in Locker's case.
Pagnani told Wyatt:
The risk is it’s going to happen again, and it’s probably just a matter of time before it does. He is going to go out there and he is going get hit wrong and it’s going to pop out again. And he’ll go through this same scenario where they pop it back in, and he’s going to be real sore for a week or two until he ultimately gets it fixed.
Though Locker's season has been largely disappointing thus far, there were a lot of positives to be taken from that win over the Lions, in which he threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns without a single interception or sack.
Aside from that, however, he's thrown two TDs and two picks in an injury-riddled introduction to 2012. If he can be as effective as he was in Week 3 upon returning to the field, that would be great news for fantasy owners—but at the moment, there's so little information about his status that his effectiveness is difficult to gauge.
For now, though—given the information we have—it's safe to assume he won't be on the field on Sunday.
Keep an eye on this space for updates about Locker's status as the week progresses.