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Titans QB Jake Locker Expected To Start Week 7

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Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images.
Photo by Al Pereira/New York Jets/Getty Images.

The Tennessee Titans, currently in the midst of a two-game losing streak, could be getting their signal-caller back sooner than expected. The team has not yet ruled out QB Jake Locker returning to the field this weekend when they play the San Francisco 49ers, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport says that he's expected to start this weekend.

Locker was originally injured on Sept. 29 when they played the New York Jets. He was given a 4-6 week timetable for a return, and he appears to be well ahead of schedule. Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been serviceable in Locker’s stead, and while he’s managed to keep them in games, they haven’t resulted in wins.

“He can play,” said coach Mike Munchak. “It is just a matter of … is he quite ready? There is no doubt the more you rest, the more you take off, the stronger your (knee) is going to feel. But it doesn’t mean you can’t play in the meantime. He came out and looked better today. … We’ll consider anything, really. We’ll wait until tomorrow. It is kind of wait and see. We don’t want to ever say he can’t do anything.”

“I just wanted to get in and try and do everything I could every day to get better and try and get back on the field as soon as possible,” Locker said. “And my body has responded well. There are certain things that don’t feel normal yet, but I am feeling pretty good and just trying to get better and progress through that stuff.”

Locker has been cleared for contact, and while it isn't official just yet, it appears that he'll be suiting up against the 49ers. However, they have a bye next week, and it might be more prudent for them to sit Locker out this weekend to give him some extra time to get back to full strength.