A day after he was knocked out of a game with an injury for the second time in four weeks, quarterback Jake Locker was not ruled out as the starter for the Tennessee Titans’ next contest.
“Well I think he [was] a little sorer [Monday] than he was last time,” coach Mike Munchak said Monday. “Those things can change day-to-day, so I think it’s just a matter of trying not to predict anything, and just wait and see how he is [Tuesday].
“If he’s a lot better [Tuesday] than he is [Monday], that’s a good sign. You take it day-by-day, and we’ll probably be able to evaluate him better then.”
Locker sustained a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder when he was sacked early in the first quarter of a 38-14 loss to the Houston Texans. The training staff immediately dealt with the issue, just as it did when he had the same issue early in the fourth quarter of the season-opening 34-13 defeat to the New England Patriots.
“It popped out, they popped it back in, I guess, on the side of the field,” Munchak said. “[It is] real sore right now, so it’s just a matter of waiting a couple days to see really where it is, so he can get a full examination on it.”
He added that an MRI revealed no structural damage, which was reason for some optimism in regard to the 2011 first-round draft choice’s chances to play Sunday at Minnesota (3:25 p.m., CBS).
Still, there was no determination as to whether Locker could or would practice Wednesday when the Titans (1-3) begin preparations for the Vikings (3-1).
“If he feels better, obviously he would,” Munchak said. “But to this point, we don’t know that.”
In four starts, Locker has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 781 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
He also has the two injuries. He initially hurt the shoulder when he made a tackle after an apparent interception (the play later was reversed after a video review). The second time it happened when he was sacked.
In each case, it knocked him from the contest.
“I think last time he healed and responded a lot quicker than we all thought,” Munchak said. “So now it’s just a matter of seeing how he does this time around.”