NFL Rumors: Jake Locker to sit out against Vikings?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Jake Locker
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Quarterback Jake Locker was knocked out of the Tennessee Titans’ Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans with a separated shoulder, and could now be watching from the sidelines as another game goes by.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Locker is expected to sit out when the Titans visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

When Locker suffered the injury after he was crushed by Texans cornerback Glover Quin, he appeared to be in a world of pain. Although the injury was to his non-throwing shoulder, the severity is higher than Locker’s Week 1 shoulder dislocation and could cost him some considerable playing time.

Despite Schefter’s report, Titans head coach Mike Munchak has told the media that Locker is considered “day to day.” Although that bodes well for Titans in the long term, it still leaves doubt for Lucker’s immediately availability.

If Locker misses the matchup with the Vikings, the Titans would be forced to hand the keys to the offense to veteran Matt Hasselbeck. The 2011 starter in Tennessee, Hasselbeck has taken on a mentor role this season as the Titans attempt to usher in the Locker era.

During his fill-in duty against the Texans, Hasselbeck completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was also sacked three times and lost a fumble. Despite his lackluster 2012 debut, Hasselbeck held his own last year as the Titans’ starter, leading the team to a 9-7 record.

Unless Locker makes an astounding mid-week recovery, Hasselbeck will be under center when the Titans take on the surprisingly-stout Vikings defense.

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