Quarterback Jake Locker has been cleared for contact regarding his injured left shoulder, according to Coach Mike Munchak, who made the announcement on his weekly radio show Tuesday evening.
TitanInsider had reported Monday that Locker's injured shoulder had healed to the point that he was close to being able to return and potentially start this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The Titans were awaiting the results of his weekly MRI to determine if the fractured bone in the shoulder had sufficiently mended for him to be cleared for contact.
Locker has been out since separating the shoulder for the second time htis season in week four at Houston, but returns to work with the offense this week as he is expected to split reps with Matt Hasselbeck, who has started since Locker was injured.
The Titans are in need of a spark, following a 51-20 bashing at the hands of the Chicago Bears on Sunday and with owner Bud Adams making comments in a published report that everyone in the organization would be evaluated over the final seven games of the season.
In other Titans news, the team has re-signed guard Kyle DeVan, who was brought back last week only to be waived on Saturday. The Titans are expected to place Leroy Harris on injured reserve with his partially torn ACL, meaning that Deuce Lutui will start now at right guard likely for the remainder of the year.
Tennessee also announced that safety Markelle Martin would stay on the PUP list for the remainder of the season, and that defensive end Pannel Egboh was waived on Tuesday.