The Tennessee Titans have seen this situation too may times.
Jake Locker is out, this time with a foot injury, one that a source described as “bad” and “most likly” season ending.
Locker was injured on an option keeper in Sunday's embarrassing 29-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He stayed in the game, but then could not get the ball to Chris Johnson on a handoff because of a right foot injury. Johnson could not gain control of the ball, and the Jaguars recovered the fumble, turning away a Titans threat to get back in the game.
“I don't really know. I don't know exactly how it happened. When I got up from that run I could feel it,” Locker said.
It appears likely that Locker, who will undergo further tests on Monday, could miss the final seven games of the season.
Locker has already missed two games this season due to a sprained hip and sprained MCL in his right knee. Last year, he missed five games with a separated shoulder.
After the fumbled exchange, Locker hobbled off the field, was examined initially on the bench and then taken to the locker room. When he emerged in the second half, it was in street clothes with a walking boot and crutches.
Locker will have tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury, and he said he is hopeful it won't be season-ending. An injury such as a lis franc or a broken bone might sideline Locker for the remainder of the year.
“You hope and pray that it's not and just hope for the best,” Locker said.
Titans coach Mike Munchak was vague about the extent of the injury, offering that Locker wouldn't play Thursday night and saying he needed to be further examined.
When Locker suffered the hip and knee injuries against the New York Jets, there were reports that he could miss up to eight weeks with the injuries. He missed only two games before coming back against San Francisco.
“He's going to have it looked at tomorrow. Obviously, he was very sore. There is no way he could have come back into this game. We will know more about it this evening or tomorrow morning,” Munchak said after the game.
Locker's injury isn't the only one suffered by the Titans.
Receiver Damian Williams, who now serves as the Titans kick returner, suffered a quadriceps injury and was also on crutches on the sideline in the second half.
Center Brian Schwenkie also exited the game in the first half with an ankle injury. He did not return, but stayed in uniform, apparently as an emergency option behind Chris Spencer, who finished the contest.
Tackle David Stewart (shoulder), cornerback Tommie Campbell (shoulder) and linebacker Moise Fokou (knee) were all inactive Sunday due to their injuries.