Monday, October 14, 2013
Locker to do more, still unlikely to play
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The last two Mondays, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak has declared quarterback Jake Locker out.
He stopped short of that in his news conference the day after a loss in Seattle dropped the Titans to 3-3.
“I think there’s always a chance,” Munchak said of Locker. “I don’t think we’re going to sit here [and say no] like in the first two weeks when we knew he wasn’t allowed to do football activities where you rule him out. We’re not going to rule him out until ... Again, it’s a process. The odds aren’t great by any means, but I think as you start to move forward in your rehab you just wait and see how it works out.”
Locker will transition to football activities this week as he continues to recover from a sprained right hip and a sprained right knee suffered Sept. 29 against the New York Jets.
“I think the rest part and the light stuff is over and now he can get more into real football stuff,” Munchak said. “It’s a matter of seeing how quickly he progresses without pain.”
Even so, the most likely scenario is that Ryan Fitzpatrick starts his third consecutive game and the Titans move forward hoping to have Locker back for their Nov. 3 game in St. Louis following the bye week.
“I mean, [Locker’s] got a lot to prove before he could come out and be our quarterback,” Munchak said. “He’d have to come out here and ... practice Wednesday, Thursday, and he’d have to be out there.”