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Jake Locker Avoids Major Injury, Has Sprained Hip

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Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images.
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images.

The Tennessee Titans shared some good news on the Jake Locker injury front today. A second MRI confirmed that Locker avoided any major damage to his hip joint, and it is officially being classified as a sprained hip.

While Locker is still expected to sit out for the next three weeks according to recent estimates, it appears that he’s going to beat the originally estimated 4-8 week timetable. The Titans can also likely rule out the possibility of putting Locker on injured reserve with a designation to return tag.

The Titans released an official statement through their website: “The area will need time to heal and strengthen, but he won’t require surgery and he has already begun a rehab routine for both his hip and knee. We certainly would expect him to miss a few weeks, but we are encouraged by the news today.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue to fill in for Locker, and he should at least be a serviceable backup until Locker is ready to retake the starting job. Coach Mike Munchak may turn to a run-heavy oriented offense in the meantime, which Chris Johnson fantasy owners would certainly welcome.