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Signs may point to Locker starting

Matt Hasselbeck's calf is “sore," but not believed to be too serious.

According to sources, the injury should not keep Hasselbeck out for more than a week, if at all.

The veteran quarterback was walking around on Monday, but Titans coach Mike Munchak says it is wait and see on the 36-year-old's status for Sunday.

That could mean that rookie first-round pick Jake Locker may be getting his first NFL start this week against the winless Indianapolis Colts.
That said, the 36-year-old quarterback might be hard pressed to make his start for the Tennessee Titans this week.

“He's walking around pretty good. Like most of the injuries we'll talk about, it's more wait and see how he is tomorrow and Wednesday,” Munchak said.
Hasselbeck had an MRI, and the injury is not as serious as a calf injury that cost Kerry Collins two games last year.

“We're assuming it's on the mild side, whatever it is,” Munchak said. “I don't think Kerry could have come back in the game like Matt did when he came back in for that one play. It looked like the way it happened, it wasn't quite as severe as it was with the way Kerry's happened.”

Locker came off the bench to rally the Titans to a near victory, completing 13 of 29 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown, but if Hasselbeck is healthy enough to go, he will make the start.

“We're looking at it that we're in the middle of a playoff run here and if Matt's healthy, then Matt will quarterback us. As far as Jake, he'll have plenty of time to be our guy,” Munchak said. “We wouldn't put him in just to get him experience. We know we can win with him in there, and we feel good about the two games he's had a chance to play. So we'll just kind of take it from there.”

Still, there appears to be the chance that Locker could get the call, given that calf injuries are not always quick to heal.

“Till you go out there and start moving around and doing the things a quarterback has to do, you don't know. We'll know a lot more then,” Munchak said.

As for other injuries, Gerald McRath is bothered by a sprained left knee and an ankle injury that had hi on crutches Sunday.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers had an MRI on his injured shoulder but the injury is not believed to be serious.

Cornerback Jason McCourty has been cleared to return to practice after missing Sunday with a concussion, and running back Javon Ringer continues to have his injured hand evaluated.

Linebacker Barrett Ruud is still not ready to return from a groin injury, and Munchak left open the possibility of shutting him down if the Titans need to add depth at linebacker or on special teams.

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