QB Locker set to start again for Tennessee
Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said quarterback Jake Locker will start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday barring any setbacks. Locker worked with the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said quarterback Jake Locker will start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday barring any setbacks.
Locker worked with the starters Wednesday, and Munchak said the Titans will see how the former Huskies star responds to practicing with the first-team offense. Matt Hasselbeck also took snaps during Wednesday's practice.
"If we think he's ready to go, he'll play," Munchak said. "I mean we'll see how he feels after today and how he does tomorrow in third-down stuff and just get a feel for just kind of the whole dynamic there. And then if he's ready, we'll give him a chance to start."
Locker has missed five straight games after injuring his left, non-throwing shoulder Sept. 30 against Houston. The second-year quarterback returned to practice Oct. 17 on a limited basis and built up to working with the scout team. Munchak said Locker will have to be honest with coaches on how he feels if the quarterback feels limited in any way.
The Titans (3-6) have their bye after Sunday's game with Miami (4-4), but the coach sees no reason to wait with doctors saying Locker has healed as much as possible right now.
"We all know there's going to be rust on a guy. If he waits two more weeks, he's going to be even rustier," Munchak said.
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