Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker fractured his left non-throwing shoulder on the hit he took in Houston a month ago, and that is what is keeping him from returning to the starting lineup.
When asked for confirmation of whether or not Locker's shoulder did have a fracture, Titans coach Mike Munchak on Monday told TitanInsider, “He fractured his shoulder. That's what we're waiting on to heal.”
According to sources, Locker did not fracture his clavicle, but fractured another bone in the shoulder as well as dislocating it on the hit he took from Glover Quin of the Houston Texans.
Munchak said Monday that Matt Hasselbeck would continue as the Titans starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.
“Our quarterback until further notice is Matt,” Munchak said. “I wouldn't say (Jake) is a long way away. He will visit the doctors this afternoon and tomorrow morning. It's more of a medical deal that they're gonna allow him to do some more things and allow him to get bumped around a little bit.
“As soon as they're not worried about that concern any longer and feeling like the healing is far enough along, then we'll be able to get him back to playing in traffic where he can get hit and pushed and fall to the ground and things like that that can happen during practice, and they feel like his shoulder is at the level where he can take that. It's not me deciding, it's more of a medical (matter) getting the approval to move to the next step which would be doing all of practice. And once we get to that point, we feel he is ready to play.”
Munchak said on Friday on 102.5 The Game that surgery to fix the problem with Locker's shoulder is a possibility in the off-season. He first revealed information about the broken bone in Locker's shoulder in that interview on 'Sports Night.'"
“It's more the bone in the front of the shoulder where the shoulder came out that's where it kind of fractured that bone there. It's more of letting it heal to where he can handle a hit or letting it hit the ground,” Munchak said in the Friday interview. “Without getting too technical, I think at some point something will have to be done in the off-season if he keeps having the same problem. It's probably something we'll have to discuss anyway when the season ends as to what is best for him.”
Locker originally dislocated his shoulder in the season opener against the New England Patriots making a tackle after a Titans turnover. He sat out the remainder of that game, but returned and started the following week at San Diego. He reinjured the shoulder on Sept. 30 against the Texans, only much more severe, not only dislocating it, but suffering the break as well.
As for other injuries, the Titans could be without guard Leroy Harris for a bit. Harris heard a pop in his knee and left Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Titans are awaiting the results of his MRI.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt was walking with a limp and had an MRI as well, something he does every week on his surgically repaired right knee. Munchak was hopeful that Britt would play, as was the receiver.
The Titans could be without linebacker Patrick Bailey (ribs) another week, but should get tackle Michael Roos (appendix), cornerback Tommie Campbell (ankle) and linebacker Will Witherspoon (hamstring) back this week.