The Tennessee Titans improved to 3-1 on Sunday after a 38-13 drubbing of the woeful New York Jets, but lost starting quarterback Jake Locker to a hip injury. No team wants to see its franchise signal-caller carted off the field and taken to a hospital, but it’s not quite as bad as it looked. However, Locker being out 4-8 weeks could potentially end the Titans’ season prematurely.
Tennessee has been surprisingly solid through four games and is tied with Indianapolis atop the AFC South. However, with games looming against the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers in the next month, the Titans could easily be a .500 team or worse by the time Locker returns. And by that point, it could be too late for the reckless quarterback to turn things around.
Now it’s important to remember the Titans have Ryan Fitzpatrick as their backup quarterback and he threw a 77-yard touchdown pass against the Jets after stepping in for Locker. But it’s unrealistic to think he can lead Tennessee to wins over Kansas City, Seattle or San Francisco, so this hot start could be a distant memory for Titans fans by the time Locker returns.