Hasselbeck has no structural damage in his elbow

AP

Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck exited Sunday’s loss to the Falcons with a sprained elbow.

An MRI conducted on Monday showed no structural damage, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Per Wyatt, Hasselbeck’s availability for Sunday against the 4-6 Buccaneers hinges on his arm strength and his ability to grip the football.

The Titans may decide it makes more sense to let rookie Jake Locker grip the football, given that Locker threw two touchdown passes in relief of Hasselbeck, nearly sparking a come-from-behind win in Atlanta.

The Titans remain very much alive for a playoff berth, two games behind the Texans in the AFC South and part of a four-team cluster at 5-5, one game behind the 6-4 Bengals for the No. 6 seed.