Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is carried off the field on a stretcher in a game against the New York Jets during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Jets 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans Twitter Talk: Is Fitzpatrick Ready For Challenge?

And with that, Tennessee Titans fans have let out a sigh of relief following this news that broke on Tuesday.

On Sunday, quarterback Jake Locker was carted off the field with what looked like an injury that could potentially end his season—if not his career. However, an ample amount of testing has proven that Locker has a hip sprain with no torn ligaments. He also did not suffer a dislocation. Bottom line: he should be back within the next few weeks.

Many people think Locker could be back after the team’s bye week, slated for the end of October. However, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the surging Titans will need to go without him against the Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. In Week 5, they’ll face an undefeated Chiefs team that’s intent on continuing its streak.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the next couple of games for the Titans with quarterback Rusty Smith playing backup. Some fans have already hit the panic button, but it’s worth noting that Fitzpatrick has been in the league for almost a decade. The veteran used to be the starter for the Buffalo Bills, and his experience will enable him to guide the team in the direction of victory in the coming weeks.

The only question is whether the rest of the squad will follow his lead.

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  • Matt Likehart

    Here are my thoughts on the subject: Titans fans have no reason to hit the panic button. Fitz had an understandably shaky performance sunday, however, he did not turn the ball over, and he put points on the board. This is more than I, as a HUGE Titans fan, could ask for from a backup QB, thrown into a pressure situation, having not thrown a football in a month. During the preseason, he tossed 5 TD’s against 1 int. As we know, he developed good rapport with WR Michael Preston during the preseason. I don’t expect Preston to dress out, but I do expect Fitz to develop that same rapport with the likes of Britt, Williams, Hunter, and Wright. Don’t get me wrong, Washington will get his fair share of targets as he is, arguably, our best WR. Fitz targets other areas of the field as well though, so I do expect Britt to have a great game, and show us exactly why he deserves to be here. In a recent article by ESPN, a panel of ‘experts’ were asked which QB was better under 4 different categories, Accuracy, Arm Strength, Reaction to Pressure, and Under Center Management. Accuracy and UCM went to Fitz, while arm strength and pressure went to Locker. If our defense keeps the field short with turnovers, I expect Fitz can get us a win. No need to hit the panic button. Locker is our QB, but Fitz has a better team around him than he ever had in Buffalo, and he has a teammate in Levitre, who is used to blocking for him as he, also, came from Buffalo. Hopefully, Greene will be back in the backfield to help take pressure off of CJ2k, and help run the ball down their throats. This is a very winnable game, and I wish I could go to my first Titans game. To all the fans that CAN afford to go, go out, support Fitz, GET LOUD, and GET US A WIN! GO TITANS!