Locker's shoulder 'sore,' not likely to keep him on the sidelines

Monday, September 10, 2012 at 11:42pm

Jake Locker’s injured shoulder might cause him to miss some practice time this week but is unlikely to effect his status for Sunday’s game at San Diego.

“After a game, you’re always going to be sorer with any injury than you were [the previous day],” coach Mike Munchak said Monday. “But we see that as something getting better quickly.

“Hopefully, Wednesday he’ll be able to do things. It’s hard to tell until he gets out there and starts getting active. We just feel good about the chance of him playing this week.”

Locker said that he wanted to return to action after he was injured making a tackle in the opening minute of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots. He took down New England safety Patrick Chung on a play that initially was ruled a fumble but later overturned by video review.

Coaches held him out and team doctors examined the shoulder, his left (non-throwing), more extensively Monday.

“We had him checked out [in the] morning,” Munchak said. “We’ll know more about it this afternoon. He’s sore, but again, like we said yesterday, we feel pretty good about his chances of playing this weekend.”

Tough takedown: Although it was not part of his job description — and he paid a physical price for it — Locker’s tackle was well received.

“[He should] just make him turn back and get out of there, keep your shoulder out of it,” cornerback Jason McCourty. “But it was a tough tackle. You appreciate that from your quarterback.”

Munchak said he would discourage Locker from making such plays in the future but conceded that the competitiveness of the 2011 first-round draft pick makes it likely his wishes would be ignored.

“He’s just a competitive guy, and you could tell him over and over again about staying away from that, but he’s not going to let someone score,” Munchak said. “So he went and made himself a pretty good tackle. We’d rather him not, we’d rather him not get hurt, obviously. But that’s part of his makeup.”

Other injuries: In addition to Locker, linebacker Colin McCarthy (ankle) and wide receiver Nate Washington (leg) failed to finish the contest.

Both were scheduled for more extensive examinations and there was no word on their status.

Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and running back Javon Ringer (elbow) were not in uniform against the Patriots. Marks is expected to practice and play. Ringer continues to be treated for an infection and his status is undetermined.

Roster move: Tennessee agreed to a one-year deal with veteran guard Deuce Lutui.

A six-year veteran with Arizona, he played 93 games (72 starts) and was a starter when the Cardinals made the Super Bowl three seasons ago. He started all 48 games between 2008 and 2010 but was a backup all of last season.

Arizona drafted the 6-foot-4, 338-pounder in the second round in 2008.