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Hasselbeck watches, Locker limited

Starting Matt Hasselbeck was a spectator as expected during Wednesday's Tennessee Titans practice with his injured left calf.

Also, rookie Jake Locker was limited and participated mostly on running plays because of a chest injury that lingered from Sunday's hit to the ribs by New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter. Locker did not appear to throw any passes during Wednesday's practice.

That left Rusty Smith to take the lion's share of the quarterback reps for the Tennessee Titans for both the offense and the scout team on Wednesday as they prepare for the winless Indianapolis Colts. Wide receiver Damian Williams even took a few scout team snaps on Wednesday with the Titans short at the quarterback position.

Hasselbeck got a turn in the cold tub as he tries to make his way back from the calf injury. Titans coach Mike Munchak was still in wait-and-see mode with the veteran quarterback.

“We held him out today. We'll see how he is tomorrow. He's doing more exercises inside. It's just a matter of waiting and seeing how he does,” Munchak said. “We're not worried about him knowing the offense and knowing what we're doing as much as the fact that he physically feels comfortable doing those things.

“He's been good at that. Even the games where he had some problems, the Atlanta game when his arm was a little sore, he knows if he doesn't feel right, he'll be honest with us. We still feel good about him and hope he'll be ready to go Sunday.”

Munchak said Hasselbeck would not be a game-time decision and that the Titans would know well in advance of that if he can play.
“I think our decision will be made before Sunday. I don't think the decision will have to wait until Sunday,” Munchak said.

As for Locker, he was limited on Wednesday to rest his sore ribs.

“It was just some soreness. We were careful with him today with him. He did a lot of things in the run game. We kind of limited his throws in practice, but nothing that will keep him from playing on Sunday,” Munchak said.

The Titans declined to make Locker available for interviews on Wednesday, and Hasselbeck's normal day to talk is Thursday.

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