Locker will sit out one more game; Hasselbeck to face Pittsburgh

Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:50pm

Jake Locker will miss a second straight start.

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday that with only four days between games it made sense to sit the second-year quarterback a little longer. Locker did not dress for Sunday’s loss at Minnesota because of a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder.

Tennessee plays Pittsburgh, 7:20 p.m. Thursday at LP Field (NFL Network).

“He’s getting better, no doubt about that, which is a good thing,” Munchak said. “… I think the last couple days he really feels a lot better. I think it wouldn’t make any sense to try to hurry him back for Thursday.”

Matt Hasselbeck again will start in place of Locker.

Hasselbeck threw a season-high 49 passes (he completed 29) in a 38-17 loss to the Steelers at Pittsburgh last October. He also lost to the Steelers as the starter with Seattle on Oct. 7, 2007, as well as in Super Bowl XL. The only time he beat Pittsburgh was in 2003.

Rusty Smith again will be the backup.

“If [Locker] can’t start, we won’t have him as a backup,” Munchak said.

In other player news:

• Running back Javon Ringer sustained an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his knee late in Sunday’s contest and is expected to play again this season.

“I guess the good news is that he’ll be out four-six weeks,” Munchak said. “… He [won’t] require surgery. So right now we’ll let it heal on its own and go from there.”

• Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy, who played for the first time since the opener, did not have any setbacks with his injured ankle.

“We took him out in the fourth quarter of the game to get him off the leg because he’d played quite a bit,” Munchak said. “… He missed a tackle or two. He was a little rusty. But it was great having him out there. I think he made a difference.”

• Wide receiver Kenny Britt also played on an injured ankle and figured to be available for Thursday as well.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Titan9282 on 10/9/12 at 9:34

It does not matter who your QB is. If your line cannot protect the QB, he is going to be a non-factor. I cannot believe we have as bad of an O-line as we have with 2 Hall of Famers as coaches. They over-evaluated tyhe O-line talent. Dont even get me started on the D-Line.

By: tn.native on 10/10/12 at 1:42

...it is starting to look like the coaches need re-evaluation. There is too much talent on this team for them to play like they have been. Having quarterback problems, which we have had for a long time now, has not helped. The decision to rest Locker is the only logical choice. That has to get settled before anything else. A close second is fixing the O line. Penalties show a lack of discipline
and the morale is understandably low. They will need to catch some breaks to stay with the Steelers on Thursday. It is turning into a season of corrections and that's going to be around for awhile...but the O & D line are going to have to be better coached.

By: courier37027 on 10/10/12 at 8:27

Last season watching Andre Johnson and other receivers taking presumed star and best pass defender Cortland Finnegan to school, one must wonder how rest of defensive secondary would fare. Woeful comes to mind.