Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker said Monday he has been cleared for everything except contact, regarding his surgically repaired left shoulder.
Locker made the comments on the first day of off-season work for the Titans.
“I’m feeling great. I actually went to the doctor last week and he said he was really happy with my progress,” Locker said. “He said he would allow me to do everything besides getting hit basically. So I’m getting back into it.”
Locker said his shoulder, which was operated on in January, was a process that took nearly three months to get him back near normal.
“I had the sling on for four weeks. I was just trying to get some motion back after that and after six or seven weeks, I started the strengthening process,” Locker said. “You do that to kind of get your range of motion back, and I’d say at about 10 or 11 weeks, I was feeling good, hitting hard and I had my motion and just really trying to strengthen the shoulder.
“Now I feel great. I don’t feel like there’s any everyday stuff that I have any trouble doing now.”
When asked if he would be ready for the June mini-camp, Locker responded “definitely.”
Locker missed five games last year after separating the shoulder a second time on a hit by Houston’s Glover Quin.
He returned to finish the season, but admits he wasn’t quite the same as before the hit.
“Ideally, I would have loved to have been in there for those five games. We were catching our stride as an offense and playing pretty well coming out of the Detroit game,” Locker said. “It was unfortunate, but it’s something we can’t dwell on. We can’t do anything about it now. We just have to look forward to what we have in front of us.”
One big change for Locker is that he has a new backup in Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was signed shortly after Matt Hasselbeck was released.
Fitzpatrick, 30, is a former starter for the Buffalo Bills. And while Locker enters camp as the clear No. 1, he said he would have been disappointed if Fitzpatrick wasn’t trying to compete and wrest the job away from him.
“When Matt was here, we had a great relationship and a friendship, but there was an understanding that we were both gonna go out and try to be the guy every day,” Locker said. “And I think if you don’t have that in the room, you don’t have the right mix of guys. …. I would have been upset if they had brought a guy in here that didn’t expect to play and didn’t want to play.”