The Titans’ season-opening 34-13 loss to the Patriots was bad enough all by itself.
The fact that the Titans had to take their starting quarterback Jake Locker out of the game after he got hurt making a tackle on an apparent interception that should have been blown dead as an incomplete pass made it potentially much worse. Luckily for the Titans, it doesn’t appear they’ll have to make a quarterback change.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that coach Mike Munchak said Monday that the team expects to have Locker in the lineup on Sunday against the Chargers. Munchak had a similar report on Locker’s condition after the game, but, as we learned with Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes, further evaluation can sometimes uncover worse news than anticipated.
Locker injured his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play and the Titans obviously feel that the injury shouldn’t hinder him significantly. Locker was 23-of-32 for 229 yards and a touchdown to go with a pair of turnovers against the Patriots. It was a mixed bag, to be sure, but still a good bit better than many of his teammates were able to manage in the season opener.