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Jake Locker Injury: Updates on Titans QB's Shoulder

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30:  Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans walks the sidelines with his arm in a sling after being injured in the second quarter on a hard hit sack from Glover Quin #29 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Arena at Reliant Park on September 30, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 8, 2012

Second-year quarterback Jake Locker hasn't taken the field for the Tennessee Titans since Week 4 against the Houston Texans.

While veteran Matt Hasselbeck has done a fine job in his place, Locker remains the quarterback of the future in Tennessee, and each game he misses is another missed opportunity for him to continue his development.

Here's the latest on the sophomore's injury and his status for the week's game.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Good news, Titans' fans—Locker is active on Sunday, according to John Glennon of The Tennessean:

#Titans inactives: QB Smith, S Afalava, LB Adibi, T Stingily, G DeVan, WR Hawkins, DT Harris.

— John Glennon (@glennonsports) November 11, 2012

With the Associated Press reporting yesterday that Locker would start against the Miami Dolphins, this doesn't come as a surprise, but Titans fans are surely happy nonetheless he's officially active today.

---End of Update---

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 3:35 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Head coach Mike Munchak said Jake Locker is set to start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Wyatt tweeted on Wednesday:

Barring a setback, Locker will start on Sunday, Munchak said

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) November 7, 2012

 

--- End of Update ---

UPDATE: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:55 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Jake Locker continues to move closer and closer to a return. News of his most recent upgrade comes from head coach Mike Munchak (via Titans beat writer Terry McCormick):

Jake Locker has been cleared for contact, says #Titans coach Mike Munchsk on his radio show.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) November 7, 2012

Locker still has to get through the contact without a setback, and him playing this week is probably still a longshot, but a return in Week 12 after Tennessee's bye looks doable. 

---End of update---

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11:45 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Given Locker's doubtful designation on the injury report, the news Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean breaks on Twitter doesn't come as much of a surprise:

#Titans inactives: Locker, Bailey, Harris, Stingily, Hawkins, Witherspoon, Harris

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) November 4, 2012

 

The previous update indicates that Locker fractured his shoulder, which is more serious than the injury was initially expected to be. The 2011 No. 8 overall pick showed promise early in the season, and his return to the lineup will be a welcome one in Tennessee—whenever it may be.

---End of Update---

 

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 29 at 6:06 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Turns out that Jake Locker did more than just separate his shoulder. TitansInsider's Terry McCormick passed along the news. 

“He fractured his shoulder," [head coach Mike Munchak said]. "That's what we're waiting on to heal.”

According to sources, Locker did not fracture his clavicle, but fractured another bone in the shoulder as well as dislocating it on the hit he took from Glover Quin of the Houston Texans.

This certainly goes a long way towards explaining the time it is taking Locker to get back on the field. 

 

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 29 at 4:50 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Jake Locker is slowly coming along, but it sounds as if his return to the gridiron on Sundays is still far off. The news comes from head coach Mike Munchak (via The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt):

Munchak said Jake Locker not ready and could be after the bye week before he returns

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 29, 2012

Returning after the bye week means Locker would miss at least two more games and wouldn't be back in uniform until Week 12, which is just under a month from now.

The former Washington Husky is a tough dude, but shoulders are usually pretty important for QBs. Expect to see Matt Hasselbeck under center for the foreseeable future. 

---End of update---

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 28, 12:15 p.m. ET

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Locker won't be dressing for Sunday's Week 8 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.

#Titans inactives today will include Jake Locker, Michael Roos and Patrick Bailey. Munchak also said CB Tommie Campbell won't play

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 28, 2012

Matt Hasselbeck has led the Titans to two consecutive wins and seems to have the offense moving in the right direction, so this isn't the worst news in the world.

Still, you'd like to see Locker take the next step in his development, and he can't do that until he gets back onto the field, which at this point, seems like it's going to be a question week-after-week.

--END OF UPDATE--

 

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker won't play in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com.

McCormick tweeted on Monday:

Jake Locker will not play vs Steelers.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 8, 2012

 

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 22 at 4:40 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The Titans have now won two straight games and at 3-4 are still competing for a playoff spot in the mediocre AFC. Typically that means the team would rush back their opening day starter at quarterback who suffered an injury.

Not with the Titans.

Head coach Mike Munchak has already made it clear that the Titans will be starting the veteran Matt Hasselbeck in a pivotal Week 8 divisional showdown against the Indianapolis Colts according to John Glennon of the Tennessean:

Munchak: Says he assumes Hasselbeck starts against Indy

— John Glennon (@glennonsports) October 22, 2012

Is this decision based on the fact that Locker still isn’t ready to go? According to the latest report from Terry McCormick of the National Football Post, that appears to be the case:

Munchak says Locker will have weekly MRI and is improving.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 22, 2012

It will be hard for the Titans to go back to Locker if Hasselbeck keeps winning, but clearly the second-year pro Locker is the long-term answer. Yet in today’s NFL, you have to win now and the pressure is squarely on Munchak to factor in both aspects when Locker is fully healthy.

The QB carousal in Tennessee is far from over. 

---End of update---

 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7:45 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Jake Locker is back. Well, kind of (via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean):

Jake Locker isn’t ready to play in a game, but the Titans quarterback did make one breakthrough on Wednesday, taking part in practice for the first time this month.

Locker (non-throwing shoulder) was limited, but he did some throwing in individual and 7-on-7 drills. Coach Mike Munchak has already ruled Locker out of Sunday’s game at Buffalo, where Matt Hasselbeck will get his third straight start. Locker But Munchak said there’s reason for optimism about Locker’s chances the following week. Locker dislocated his left shoulder twice in the first four games.

Locker is still a ways away from a real game, but this is an encouraging sign nonetheless. 

---End of update---

 

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 15, at 5:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Jake Locker's shoulder injury will keep Matt Hasselbeck in the starting lineup for at least one more week. 

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reported the news via Twitter. 

Matt Hasselbeck to start again on Sunday in Buffalo

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 15, 2012

Hasselbeck led the Titans to an upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Thursday, and the team will hope the veteran can perform well once again on Sunday.  

---End of update---

 

On the other hand, there is hope that Locker will return in Week 7 against the Buffalo Bills, per McCormick.

McCormick tweeted:

Locker getting better and could play vs Bills the following week.

— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 8, 2012

 

Locker dislocated his left shoulder for the second time this season in Week 4 against the Houston Texans.

The second-year signal-caller has shown improvement when on the field this season, completing 63 percent of his passes for 7.4 yards per attempt with four touchdowns to two interceptions. In his last full game against the Detroit Lions in Week 3, he went 29-of-42 for 378 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee's 44-41 overtime victory. He has also rushed for 67 yards this season.

Veteran Matt Hasselbeck has taken over for Locker since the youngster went down. Against the Texans in Week 4, Hasselbeck went 17-of-25 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Against the Minnesota Vikings last week, he went 26-of-43 for 200 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the 30-7 loss.

Overall, Tennessee's offense has been abysmal this season, averaging 17.6 points per game. The running game has been particularly dreadful, with starting running back Chris Johnson averaging 2.9 yards per carry with no touchdowns.

On top of that, the Titans have clearly missed cornerback Cortland Finnegan (now with the St. Louis Rams), allowing 7.9 yards per pass attempt (26th in the NFL) and 12 passing touchdowns (tied for second most in the league).

As a result, the Titans find themselves 1-4 heading into a matchup against a strong opponent in the Steelers. The Texans currently lead the AFC South with a 4-0 record.

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