Monday, September 30, 2013
Latest injury news on Titans' Jake Locker
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The initial news on Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is better than his cart ride off LP Field and trip to the hospital might have suggested.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team doesn’t believe the injury to Locker’s right hip is season-ending. Schefter says the early belief is that it’s a one- or two-month injury.
The next month, for the Titans, features games against Kansas City, at Seattle, against San Francisco and the team’s bye. The four games after that are at St. Louis, against Jacksonville, against Indianapolis and at Oakland.
The Titans will turn to Ryan Fitzpatrick for as long as Locker is out, and they are virtually certain to sign Rusty Smith from their practice squad to back up Fitzpatrick.
I’m surprised by the level of Twitter talk about how the team should go out and get someone else.
Teams find their backup quarterback in the offseason, not during the season. And there is no option out there who would be nearly as viable as Fitzpatrick.
Benched Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman could be available, and I am getting questions about him.
Why would the Titans, who stand at 3-1 largely because they haven’t turned the ball over yet, want a QB who’s thrown 66 interceptions in 60 career games and has fumbled 38 times in the same span?
Barring an injury to Fitzpatrick or Smith, don’t expect an additional move.