Tennessee Titans starting QB Jake Locker has already been ruled out for not only this week, but the rest of the season as well after suffering a Lisfranc Injury during Week 10. Ryan Fitzpatrick becomes the de-facto starter in his place and will take over the reins of the Titans offense.
Injury Outlook: There hasn’t been any word yet about whether Locker will need surgery or not. The fact that he was ruled out so quickly means that there is most likely a fracture and dislocation pathology involved, which adds a significant amount of instability and pain. Chances are they will approach it from a conservative standpoint first to determine if he will respond well without surgery, which is basically what the Jacksonville Jaguars did with Maurice Jones-Drew last season.
Chances are Locker will back to close his normal self again next year. He may have issues at first acclimating to game speed again, which requires much more playing without thought. It’s impossible to simulate game action during practice and rehab, so the focus needs to be on getting his foot/ankle complex as stable, strong, and flexible as possible so that his body can react to game situations without needing to think about form or strategy.
Look for a decision on surgery to be made within the next month or two one way or another, but either way, Locker should have more than enough time to get through the 3 to 4 month rehab time frame (with surgery) in time for training camp.
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