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Locker, Ringer out for Titans

Jake Locker's sore left shoulder is improving, but not enough for the Titans to play him in Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Instead, Matt Hasselbeck will get his second straight start at quarterback for Tennessee. The Titans will target the Buffalo game on Oct. 21 for Locker's return.

“He's getting better, no doubt about that. I think the last couple of days he feels a lot better, but on a short week, it doesn't make any sense to try and hustle him back for Thursday. We'll hold him and try to start thinking more about him the next week at Buffalo,” Munchak said.

Meanwhile, the Titans got better news than expected when it was learned Javon Ringer's injury is not as serious as the Titans first feared. Ringer was carted off the field late in Sunday's loss to the Vikings with a left knee injury that was originally feared to be an ACL tear.

Ringer will miss four to six weeks with an MCL sprain that won't require surgery.

“It could have been much, much worse than what it looked like,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “He won't require surgery, and I think they're gonna let it heal on its own and go from there.”

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