Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker will have more tests tomorrow and miss at least one game after he was carted off the field with hip and knee injuries in a victory against the New York Jets.
Locker, 25, was released from the hospital today after early tests revealed a right-knee sprain and no serious hip injury, coach Mike Munchak said today in a news conference. He won’t play this weekend against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, Munchak said, but is expected to play again this season.
ESPN reported today that the team expected the third-year quarterback to miss four to eight weeks. Munchak said those reports were guesses.
“He still has swelling so they don’t want to speculate on determining what that means, or how long he’ll rehab,” Munchak said. “He’ll be MRI’ed again tomorrow and then we’ll have a better idea of a time frame of when he can play or get back on the field.”
Locker was injured in the third quarter yesterday on a hit from Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. Locker lay motionless on the field for several minutes before being removed on a motorized cart and taken to a hospital.
There was no penalty flag on the play, and Wilkerson said after the game that it was a clean hit, according to ESPN. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail that the NFL reviews all plays of that nature and that fines were a possibility.
Munchak said he thought Wilkerson lowered his head and did not make an effort to avoid Locker, who had just released the ball. He said the hit from Coples, who collided with Locker after Wilkerson, was “totally unnecessary.”
The Titans are 3-1, tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first in the American Football Conference South division. The team plays the Chiefs (4-0), the Seattle Seahawks (4-0) and the defending National Football Conference-champion San Francisco 49ers (2-2) in its next three games before a bye week.
Locker has completed 62.2 percent of his passes this year for six touchdowns and no interceptions. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his absence, Munchak said.
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