Been told #Titans QB Jake Locker is going to need surgery to repair Lisfranc injury, though it hasn’t taken place yet.
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) November 12, 2013
This is the latest news coming from the Titans organization, pertaining to its starting quarterback’s season-ending injury.
Last weekend, Titans fans’ hearts sank as they watched Jake Locker sport a boot on the sidelines after being removed from the game following a big hit. It was confirmed on Monday that Locker had hurt his right foot to the extent that he will now need surgery, ending his 2013 season.
It will be up to backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead the charge for the Titans, who are still technically in the playoff race, thanks to the inconsistent Indianapolis Colts (their Thursday night opponent) and other division leaders in the AFC.
So what should fans expect from here on out?
The remainder of the schedule now looks like an uphill battle, especially after the Titans lost to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend. The rest of the year is as follows:
- vs. Colts
- at Raiders
- at Colts
- at Broncos
- vs. Cardinals
- at Jaguars
- vs Texans
Undoubtedly, the biggest challenge for the Titans will be the Denver Broncos at the Mile High Stadium. Overall, it will be hard for the team to move on without Locker, especially after Fitzpatrick didn’t show much promise when he filled in earlier this season.
However, there’s no reason to believe that the Titans can’t sneak into the playoffs. The New York Jets currently hold the wildcard spot if the postseason were to begin today at 5-4, while Tennessee is sitting at 4-5. Numbers don’t lie, but the truth that is Ryan Fitzpatrick could quickly cause everything to come crashing down: 5 fumbles, 4 interceptions and a 76.0 QB rating. Just food for thought heading into Thursday Night Football.