QB Locker struggles at times, Titans still prevail
Jake Locker, the Tennessee Titans' new starting quarterback, had another up-and-down performance in a 10-6 exhibition victory over the New...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Locker, the Tennessee Titans' new starting quarterback, had another up-and-down performance in a 10-6 exhibition victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Though running back Chris Johnson and guard Steve Hutchinson sat out, Locker got to play with mostly starters in four series that revisited many of the questions that have dogged him since being taken eighth overall in last year's draft out of Washington.
He completed 9 of 16 passes for 81 yards in four series that yielded a field goal by Rob Bironas, while missing a wide-open receiver for a sure touchdown and fumbling on a scramble inside the Saints' 5.
Locker finished the exhibition season 31 of 60 for 215 yards with two TD passes and an interception.
Help may be on the way. Big-play receiver Kenny Britt said he's been suspended for just one game after a DUI arrest over the summer.
At 49ers 35, Chargers 3
Delanie Walker caught a 32-yard TD pass from backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick as San Francisco beat San Diego.
At Lions 38, Bills 32
Matthew Stafford threw a 24-yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson to lift Detroit.
Broncos 16, at Cardinals 13
Denver's Matt Prater kicked a 44-yard field goal as the game ended to beat Arizona.
At Steelers 17, Panthers 16
Charlie Batch completed 11 of 14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown to bolster his hopes of playing a 15th NFL season as Pittsburgh beat Carolina.
Bears 28, at Browns 20
Quarterback Colt McCoy did little to solidify winning Cleveland's backup job and Chicago's Josh McCown threw two touchdown passes in the first half.
At Colts 20, Bengals 16
Chandler Harnish threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dominique Jones, leading the Colts over Cincinnati.
At Eagles 28, Jets 10
Greg McElroy became the first QB to lead the Jets into the end zone during the exhibition season in a loss to Philadelphia.
At Jaguars 24, Falcons 14
Kevin Elliott had a 77-yard touchdown reception, likely solidifying his spot on the roster, as Jacksonville beat Atlanta.
At Texans 28, Vikings 24
Trindon Holliday had his third kick return for a TD of the exhibition season and Justin Forsett rushed for 114 yards and two scores in Houston's win over Minnesota.
At Rams 31, Ravens 17
Sam Bradford threw three touchdown passes in 1 ½ quarters, giving St. Louis a win over Baltimore.
At Packers 24, Chiefs 3
Backup Green Bay quarterback Graham Harrell drove for touchdowns on all three of his possessions in a win over Kansas City.
• The NFL moved in federal court in Philadelphia to try to shut down lawsuits filed by thousands of former players who say they suffered or fear suffering permanent brain injuries from concussions, calling the issue a "labor dispute" that should be resolved not by courts but by terms of the collective-bargaining agreement.
• The players union has approved a rule change on the eve of the season that will allow one designated player from each team to return from injured reserve instead of sitting out the entire year.