Tennessee Titans‘ fans have been holding their breath for the last few days following Jake Locker‘s scary injury in week four. The emerging quarterback went down on a double-hit from Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, and it didn’t look good. The cart was brought out and they hauled Locker off to the hospital, where he stayed overnight. But finally after two days of testing, Titans’ fans can breath a little easier.
The test results came back with positive news – no surgery needed. Locker has a sprained hip and a sprained MCL on his right side.
But as for the all important question of when he’ll be able to return, no one is exactly sure at this point. However, the team’s official statement on the injury does shed some light on a possible return date:
“The area will need time to heal and strengthen, but he won’t require surgery and he has already begun a rehab routine for both his hip and knee. We certainly would expect him to miss a few weeks, but we are encouraged by the news today.”
Some of the initial estimates have Locker missing four to six weeks. The good news is that the Titans have a bye in week eight, which could give the QB the extra time he needs to get back on the gridiron. The bad news is that the Titans’ next three games are pretty brutal. They take on the Kansas City Chiefs this week and that will be followed by matchups with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
Fans will have to hope Ryan Fitzpatrick can hold down the fort until Locker gets back, which best case scenario, looks like it could be in week nine if all goes well.