Jake Locker will have a second MRI on Tuesday once the swelling has gone down in his injured right hip to determine the exact extent of the damage he suffered Sunday in a win over the New York Jets.
There had been reports that Locker would miss at least a month and perhaps up to two months with the injury, but Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak called those reports speculation.
“Anything you’ve heard has not come for us or our organization about Jake’s status going forward. Last night after the injury, he stayed at the hospital—obviously because it was late in the evening—for testing and for comfort. He had his tests done yesterday,” Munchak said. “He’s already been to the facility today for treatment and has gone home. He’s obviously in very good spirits for the situation that he’s in. All of the tests they’ve done on him have been encouraging so far from the things we’ve seen on the MRI and the tests they’ve done as far as where he’s at.
“Obviously, we’re concerned for his hip and actually his knee on the same side was sore after it happened from it being twisted. I think that’s just a sprain, so it’s no big deal there with the knee. So far with the hip area, (it’s) encouraging now meaning that he still has swelling, so they don’t want to speculate on determining what that means or how long and rehab and how long it’ll take.”
What we do know about Locker's injury is that he is definitely out for this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, and that he not only injured his hip on the play, but also suffered a sprained MCL, though none of the knee ligaments in his right knee have been compromised.
Munchak said Locker came in to the Titans facility today for treatment after he was released from the hospital, and though Munchak said he did not see Locker walk that he did not believe the quarterback was on crutches.
“He was actually getting treatment when I saw him, so I didn’t see it or take a look to see if he was walking. I’m assuming he was, but I didn’t see him. I talked to him, but he was getting treatment,” Munchak said.
The Titans even sent out a statement from Locker regarding his status.
“I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the last 24 hours. I am going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as I can. I believe in this team and will do whatever I can to help us win in the meantime,” Locker's statement said.
One of the things Munchak did say was that there was no dislocation of the hip and that to their knowledge thus far, there is no fracture. However, they will need to see the results of the second MRI after the swelling has subsided to make any determination of exactly what the injury is and the severity of it.
“Unfortunately right now, that’s where it’s at, so anything you’re hearing is people guessing on what the possibilities are. Obviously, there’s only so many possibilities out there that can happen here,” Munchak said. “The good thing is, from what we’ve seen so far, it’s not like we’re standing here saying he’s done for the year or the season or anything like that from what they’ve seen so far. But, doctors are going to be cautious. A lot of times when you’re dealing with this area, (doctors) let a day or so go by before another MRI to know where we’re at. We’ll do that tomorrow and then we’ll have to make some decisions and see exactly where we’re at.”
It is the second straight year that the Titans have lost Locker to an injury. Last year, he missed five games with a dislocated shoulder.
The Titans now move forward with Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter at least for the foreseeable future.
“It’s a blow to the team, no doubt about it. Unfortunately, in sports this happens. Luckily, we have Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick), who we think is a very good quarterback. We’re going to have to go forward with that, but in the meantime, we hope at some point we have Jake back,” Munchak said..
When asked about the backup role, Munchak did not completely endorse a rubber stamp move of bringing Rusty Smith, who has more than three years in the system up from the practice squad.
He indicated that the Titans would be working out free agent quarterbacks on Tuesday. Former Houston Texans No. 1 overall pick David Carr and former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton are scheduled to be in for tryouts.