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Jake Locker still not ready, Matt Hasselbeck starts this week

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With Jake Locker still not healed after a Week Four injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Matt Hasselbeck will remain the starting quarterback in Tennessee.

Titans coach Mike Munchak confirmed at his press conference today that Locker will need at least another week to heal from the injury to his left shoulder, which includes both damage to the labrum and a fracture. Munchak did sound optimistic, however, that Locker will be cleared for contact soon.

I wouldn’t say [Locker] is a long ways away,” Munchak said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “He’ll visit the doctors this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Hopefully he’ll be able to do more. It’s more of a medical deal, that they’re going to allow him to do more things, allow him to get bumped around a little bit. As soon as they’re not worried about that concern any longer, that they feel like the healing is far enough along, then we’ll be able to get him back into playing in traffic, where he can get hit and pushed and fall to the ground.”

Hasselbeck will definitely start on Sunday against the Bears and is expected to start the following Sunday against the Dolphins. After that the Titans have their bye, which means the most likely date for Locker’s return appears to be Sunday, November 25 in Jacksonville.

Hasselbeck has played well in Locker’s absence, but the Titans don’t appear to be giving any thought to keeping Hasselbeck as the starter once Locker is healthy. The job will be Locker’s again eventually. The only question is how soon.

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7 Responses to “Jake Locker still not ready, Matt Hasselbeck starts this week”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 29, 2012 6:13 PM

    “I wouldn’t say Jake is a long ways away,”, said Munchak, “Let’s just say he is no Blaine Gabbert when it comes to playing in pain….”.

  2. tucostacos says: Oct 29, 2012 6:46 PM

    Ugh, ol baldy has always killed The Bears…

  3. lennydpocketqb says: Oct 29, 2012 8:01 PM

    Hasselbeck has always been a competitor. You have to respect the guys energy.

  4. rascalmanny says: Oct 29, 2012 8:51 PM

    The Titans are spinning their wheels while the Colts are moving up and the Texans will be in the championship game.

    I see the Titans going 5-11 now. It’s frustrating to watch all these rookie or second year QB’s getting experience while our future (Locker) sits and watches.

    And with the Titans “defense” under Jerry Grey, there is little confidence in stopping anybody.

  5. bechillin says: Oct 29, 2012 10:48 PM

    worst coaching staff in the league, they have so much young talent and front office has made all the right moves but they cant perform

  6. badintent says: Oct 30, 2012 1:11 AM

    Matt has Kenny to throw to and Chris to hand off to, not bad, but not the Packer or even Cowgirls weapons. I always respected Matt’s toughness and he will be a great mentor to Jake..

  7. brandonsc says: Oct 30, 2012 8:11 AM

    Wouldn’t Rex Ryan or Andy Reid love to have Hasselbeck right about now?

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