The Tennessee Titans will be without quarterback Jake Locker for the third straight week when they face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
An MRI on Monday revealed that Locker's left non-throwing shoulder is healing, but the injury will still need at least one more week. Locker will resume doing some activities this week, however.
“I wouldn't think he would play this week. He's doing better, much better than he was last week at this time,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “He'll probably start doing more activity this week, but we'll just have to wait and see how he does the next couple of weeks, how fast he comes along. I would imagine it would take another week for him to be able to play.”
Munchak said the Titans didn't have the results back from the MRI, but with Locker's shoulder getting strong, he could do some throwing soon.
“I'm sure it won't show anything different other than it's healing. That will allow him to do some things, to start throwing,” he said. “I would hope he would be close by Sunday, but chances are, it will take a little bit more than a week to get him ready to play a football game.”
In the interim, Matt Hasselbeck will remain the starter, with the Titans now having an eye on Locker playing Oct. 28 when the Indianapolis Colts come to town. When Locker is healthy enough to play, Munchak reiterated Monday that the starting job will be his again.
“If he's ready to play, I would think we would play him. Our intention would be just like last time. He was ready to run the team and he did,” Munchak said of when Locker suffered the injury originally against the New England Patriots in the season opener but played the following week in San Diego.