Titans eye Week Eight for Jake Locker’s return

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The Tennessee Titans have decided on Matt Hasselbeck as their Week Seven starting quarterback against the Buffalo Bills, but vow to remain committed to upstart youngster Jake Locker when he gets healthy. Locker has twice dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder since the start of the season.

On Wednesday, Locker returned to the practice field in limited fashion. He made some throws in individual and seven-on-seven drills, and coach Mike Munchak believes Locker has a “great chance” to be ready against the Indianapolis Colts in Week Eight.

It was good to see him,” Munchak said following Wednesday’s practice, per Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean. “It was what we hoped he’d be able to handle. Now it is a matter of how sore he gets and giving him more to do.”

Munchak laid to rest any questions about Locker’s status atop the depth chart, when healthy.

“If [Locker] is ready to play next week, there wouldn’t be any doubt that he’d be the guy playing.”

The Titans are 2-4. They’ll look to rally back to .500 in upcoming games against the 3-3 Bills and 2-3 Colts.

9 responses to “Titans eye Week Eight for Jake Locker’s return

  1. Matt Hasselbeck is the superior QB at this point in the deveopment of Jake Locker. I wish they would stick with him and let Locker heal up and learn more from watching Hasselbeck play the position.

  2. I’ve always liked Matt Hasselbeck. Solid QB. I really hope he keeps playing well. You have to go with the QB who’s rolling. But at his age, I don’t know how long he can keep getting hit without getting seriously hurt. For longevity purposes, Jake Locker might be the better option.

  3. Going back and forth with these two QB’s isn’t doing our offense any favors.

    And our D is still struggling. We now have to face Luck for the next decade. And we just gave a nice contract to Griffin? Good luck with THAT.

  4. I have no problem with the Titans going back and forth with QBs as dictated by injuries. After all, that’s how the successful 1-2 tandem of Steve McNair and Neil O’Donnell played for several years. And speaking of one of those years: Back in 2002, the Titans started out 1 and 4 (including blowouts) just like this year. They then won their next game, just like this year. By the time they were done, they played in that season’s AFC Championship. (I love it when history repeats itself.)

  5. Who plays QB is not going to determine if this is a playoff team or not. They’ve both won a close game as starter, they’ve both lost in a blowout, and Hasselbeck coming on in relief didn’t spark anything when Locker went down early in Houston — another blowout there.

    The defense is the bigger issue, and if the D is going to stop them from being a playoff team, then I’m all for letting Locker play as much as possible this year to get the experience. Because he’s got a lot of upside otherwise.

    Still very glad Hasselbeck is a Titan, though. Awesome guy to have around, no matter what his role is.

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