According to Titans coach Mike Mularky, QB Jake Locker will be the starting QB for the Titans heading into their Sunday contest against the 49ers. Locker had been sidelined with a gruesome-looking hip injury,which turned out to be just a sprained hip. Although Locker was initially considered out at least 3-4 weeks, it looks like he’s recovered very nicely and even took full 1st team reps in practice on Friday. As of now, Locker is considered the starter and, although this is a tough matchup, should be under center on Sunday.
Injury Outlook: Locker was diagnosed with a sprained hip and knee, meaning one or more ligaments surrounding both the hip and knee joints were sprained, or partially torn. Although we don’t have the exact grade of the sprain (1 through 3), what we do know is the stability of the joints have been affected, as the primary function of the ligaments is to maintain the stability of the joints during movement. Expect Locker to be eased back into running out of the pocket, as designed run plays will probably be kept to a minimum. As with all ligament injuries, stability of the joint with dynamic motions (cutting, planting, pushing off, stopping on a dime) are the main concern. Based on this announcement, Titans training staff clearly liked what they saw and felt comfortable with his mobility.
Temper your expectations for his first start back, especially considering who they’re playing. But it’s great news for the rest of the season that he was able to bounce back so quickly.