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Locker returns to practice, unlikely to play this week
Titans quarterback Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his knee and hip less than three weeks ago, but Tennessee coach Mike Munchak doesn’t expect him to play Sunday against San Francisco.
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans quarterback Jake Locker practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his knee and hip less than three weeks ago, but Tennessee coach Mike Munchak doesn’t expect him to play Sunday against San Francisco.
Wearing a brace on his right knee, the former Huskies star participated in individual and seven-on-seven drills. Locker took a couple of snaps in full team drills. He was walking with a noticeable limp in between passes to tight ends near the conclusion of practice.
“We’re not saying (Locker’s) out, but we’re going forward like Ryan (Fitzpatrick) is starting,” Munchak said.
Munchak says Locker’s hip has healed more quickly than his knee. Locker sprained his hip and the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Sept. 29 in a 38-13 victory over the New York Jets.
• Von Miller’s coach and his teammates said the Denver Broncos’ All-Pro linebacker looked great in his first practice since serving his six-game drug-abuse suspension — all 270 pounds of him. He is 24 pounds heavier than when he won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2011. “I feel good. I’m in the best shape of my life,” Miller said
• Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. He plans to appeal. But even after seven fines totaling $209,000, plus another $165,294 lost during a two-game suspension, Suh said he’s not frustrated.
• New England linebacker Jerod Mayo, the Patriots’ leading tackler, was placed on season-ending injured reserve after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
• Josh Freeman will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night against the New York Giants. Christian Ponder will be the backup, not Matt Cassel, assuming Freeman makes it through the week without problems.
• The Giants signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis.
• Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is expected to miss another four to six weeks now that he’s begun rehabbing his sprained right knee.
• The Dallas Cowboys unloaded the apparently disgruntled defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, saying he failed a physical after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.