As if losing to the New England Patriots wasn’t already hard enough to deal with, the Tennessee Titans received a scare on Sunday when starting quarterback Jake Locker left the game in the third quarter with what appeared to be a severe shoulder injury. However, it appears Locker’s injury may not be as serious as it seemed at first and the former first-round pick may actually start against the San Diego Chargers next Sunday.
While Locker’s numbers (23 of 32 for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception) were decent against the Patriots, he seems to be the better option at quarterback over Matt Hasselbeck and gives the Titans their best shot to win in Week 2. Let’s not forget, Locker is inexperienced as a quarterback and had yet to start a game prior to Sunday–so it’s understandable why he may have looked rusty at times.
Plus, Locker was at a disadvantage as well considering the team’s top wide receiver, Kenny Britt, didn’t play while serving a one-game suspension. If Britt can return to the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, it would make things easier for Locker on offense and help Locker display better numbers in the passing game.
Of course, Tennessee also has to be cautious about having Locker return to the field too soon as the last thing he wants to do is re-aggravate that shoulder injury. This is not the type of problem the Titans wanted to be dealing with at the beginning of the season but unfortunately–there’s nothing much they can do about it heading into Week 2.