Munchak: Tests on Locker encouraging, another MRI set for Tuesday


There was a report Monday that Titans quarterback Jake Locker was headed to injured reserve with the designation to return as a result of the hip injury he suffered against the Jets on Sunday, but coach Mike Munchak wasn’t willing to rule Locker out of any games other than the Week Five matchup with the Chiefs during his meeting with the media on Monday afternoon.

Munchak said that the team still hopes to be able to keep Locker on the 53-man roster rather than place him on any kind of injured reserve, but that the severity of the injury and timetable for recovery are still being determined. Tests have been encouraging thus far, according to Munchak, and Locker will take another MRI on Tuesday to help make the final diagnosis.

Munchak also revealed that Locker suffered a sprained MCL in addition to the hip injury, although it doesn’t seem like there’s much worry that the knee is going to be the biggest obstacle to getting Locker back on the field.

The team’s plans at quarterback beyond Locker were also up for discussion Monday. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Munchak wouldn’t commit to Rusty Smith serving as the backup to Ryan Fitzpatrick, which explains why the coach also said the team will be looking at quarterbacks Tuesday.