A second injury to his non-throwing shoulder in four weeks has knocked Titans quarterback Jake Locker out of the starting lineup for this Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Coach Mike Munchak announced Wednesday that Matt Hasselbeck will be at the reins of the offense against Minnesota. It’s the news most expected after reports that Locker needed to get his shoulder right after suffering two similar injuries in such quick succession.
Locker said Wednesday that his shoulder is less comfortable than it was after the first injury against the Patriots, but pledged to play “with no reservations” when he’s given the green light to get back on the field. The report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean earlier this week indicated Locker would miss multiple games. The Titans play again a week from Thursday, so it seems likely that we won’t be seeing Locker until after Week Six.
Hasselbeck has completed 23-of-36 passes for 236 yards in two relief appearances for Locker this season. He has thrown two touchdowns and two interceptions in those games.