Jake Locker took a slight majority of reps on Friday, but Titans coach Mike Munchak said no final decision has been made on whether or not he will start at quarterback Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Locker has been out the past two games – both Tennessee losses – and will be questionable for Sunday's contest. The decision on Locker will either be that he starts and plays or will be inactive and not suited up Sunday.
The quarterback increased his reps during the week of practice, and passed the tests and now the coaching staff, Locker and trainers will have to make a decision. Munchak did indicate that Friday practices are not usually as strenuous as Wednesdays and Thursdays, however.
“We haven't decided yet. We're not really leaning any way,” Munchak said. “Jake is doing well. He did everything today we wanted him to do. Now, we'll spend some time with him and talk as an offense and decide what is the best thing to do for Sunday.
“He'll have a big say. We really want to get a feel for what he feels he can do well and what his limitations may or may not be. I thought on the field he handled himself really well. He got a little more confidence every day, and I think both of them have gotten enough reps where either one of them could play and be ready to play on Sunday. We just need to finish up some talks today and make a decision.”
According to Munchak, backup Ryan Fitzpatrick also took a normal starter's reps as well on Friday for the Titans, in case he has to make a third straight start.
One of the things that will be most important is can Locker protect himself and have some semblance of his mobility intact against the 49ers.
“We have to take into account the things that could come up in a game and make sure we're comfortable with that, that he puts us in the best position to go ahead and win on Sunday,” Munchak said. “We're not gonna get much more information other than how he is when he comes in tomorrow. All indications are that he's been handling the work, and now we've just got to decide what's best.”
As for other Titans on the injury report, running back Shonn Greene practiced all week and increased his workload and will be questionable, as will linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring), defensive end Derrick Morgan (shoulder), center Rob Turner (shoulder) and defensive end Lavar Edwards (shoulder).
Safety Bernard Pollard returned to practice after resting his sore ankle for two days. He is probable for Sunday, as are cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), tackle David Stewart (ankle), running back Jackie Battle (neck) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle).