Jake Locker Injury: Updates on Titans QB's Foot and Recovery

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Jake Locker Injury: Updates on Titans QB's Foot and Recovery
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Updates from Wednesday, May 28

Jake Locker's teammate Delanie Walker and head coach Ken Whisenhunt spoke about Jake Locker after he participated in the Titans' OTAs (via Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com):

"It's always good to see your starting quarterback out there," tight end Delanie Walker said. "He's a fighter. He's going to compete. He's a leader. I don't look at him when I am running routes. But when the balls look good I'm pretty sure he looks good in his drops."

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"I respect the way he's come in here and worked," Whisenhunt said. "A good assessment the first day is how they handle the terminology going into the huddle, and he did a nice job with that. We've been working at it for a couple of weeks now. Just the way he's been studying, the way he's been working at it, I really like that.

"There is no substitute for getting the work on the field and even seeing some of the drills today, you're seeing him make progress, some of it is footwork, some of it is progressions. I'm excited about that. You know he's going to continue to push it so that's a positive."

Updates from Tuesday, May 27

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean provides an update on Jake Locker's status:

Terry McCormick of TitansInsider provides an update from Locker:

Updates from Wednesday, May 21

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean provides a statement from Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt discussing Jake Locker's potential participation during the team's upcoming activities: 

He'll do most everything. I think he'll be cleared to participate. But we also have to keep an eye towards not doing too much. … Jake is going to want to throw himself in there, and at this point it is more prudent for us to be reserved in what we do, knowing we'll have a lot of practices in camp ahead of us and he'll get opportunities.

 

Updates from Thursday, April 24

Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com and John Glennon of The Tennessean have the latest on Jake Locker:

Updates from Monday, April 7

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean has the latest on Jake Locker's recovery:

Updates from Thursday, March 27

According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Locker is making progress recovering from his injury:

“Surgery went really well. Foot feels awesome and rehab is up and rolling,” Locker said Thursday via text. “Doctors were happy with how things looked so (I’m) just continuing to follow that trend.”

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After what was nearly a breakout season in 2013, Jake Locker experienced a Lisfranc injury that ended his season prematurely.    

But with the 2014 NFL season fast approaching, it appears Locker is still on schedule to fully recover from the injury, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean:

Locker spoke at the 2014 Nashville Patron Luncheon for the Boy Scouts of America Tuesday, per Amie Wells of TitansOnline.com, and he gave the fans hope of his return as he's still working his way through the recovery stages before hitting the field.

As for the next step Locker hopes to make, Wyatt also shed some light on his plans:

In the seven games played before suffering the injury, Locker showed flashes of growth behind center. His completion percentage jumped over four points to 60.7 to go along with his eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

He was also a threat with his legs yet again, rushing for an average of 6.5 yards per carry and two touchdowns.

But with a new head coach coming in, there was a chance the Titans might be looking to change directions with their signal-caller. Ken Whisenhunt ended any concerns about Locker not returning, per Wyatt:

That vote of confidence comes on the heels of Titans CEO Tommy Smith talking up his franchise quarterback in late February, per Wyatt:

Absolutely. I do like Jake [...] and I think Ken is going to be very good for Jake. Jake is a competitor. He is a smart guy. I think he has the ability. He is the quarterback. That’s what I have told him every time I see him. And that’s the way it is.

Following Smith's statement, there were still questions about how long of a leash Locker would be given with new head coach Whisenhunt considering the 25-year-old's limited success in the league to this point.

Wyatt brought up that point in a column and all of the questions that surround Locker:

The Titans drafted Jake Locker in 2011 to be their franchise quarterback. Three seasons later, question marks surround him like paparazzi surround Justin Bieber.

Is he capable? How’s his injured foot? Can he stay healthy for a full season? Does new coach Ken Whisenhunt want somebody else? 

And this one: Is it time for the Titans to hit the reset button?

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Despite an intriguing quarterback draft class in 2014, it appears the Titans won't be looking to pick up the likes of Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater. But the questions won't go away if Locker doesn't have immediate success under Whisenhunt in his first season.

His new coach has experience working with unorthodox quarterbacks. As the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2005-06, Whisenhunt helped lead Ben Roethlisberger all the way to a Super Bowl victory.

Though he can't expect to turn around the Titans that quickly, he might not be given long with Locker.

 

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