Titans quarterback Jake Locker is expected to miss at least a few weeks as a result of the right hip injury he sustained in Sunday’s victory over the Jets and the two guys who hit him on the play could be missing some money from their wallets as a result of the play.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the league is considering fines for Jets defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples for their actions on the hit. Wilkerson said after the game that one of the league’s officials told him that he had delivered a legal hit on Locker, who had just delivered a pass, and Locker then came down awkwardly after Coples hit him from the other side.
“If it was late, they would’ve thrown a flag,” Wilkerson said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “They didn’t throw a flag. The ref told me it was a clean hit. I took my one step and that was that.”
Anyone who has followed the league knows that the refs determination that something wasn’t a foul has little to do with whether or not the league deems it a finable offense. That said, Coples was the one whose hit on Locker appeared to be a step to far on Sunday.
Wilkerson took one step and hit Locker below the head and neck without using the crown of his helmet to initiate contact with Locker’s right side. Locker spun off that into a hit from Coples on the left side and his right leg, which was planted, folded up under him as he went down. Coples’ hit was later than Wilkerson’s and unnecessary in the course of the play, although we’ll soon find out if the league thinks both players crossed the line.