Munchak on Jake Locker: We don’t know the extent of the injury. He’s in pain
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) September 29, 2013
Winning the battle but losing the war? Hopefully, that isn’t the case for the Tennessee Titans, who lost their starting quarterback during a 38-13 victory against the New York Jets.
The injury occurred about four minutes into the third quarter. Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson used his helmet to hit Jake Locker in the chest. No flag was thrown. Locker fell in an awkward manner and immediately grabbed his hip. Locker gave a thumbs-up signal as he was carted off the field. Shortly after that, Locker was taken to the hospital for further evaluations.
It’s the second straight season that Locker has been injured in a Week 4 matchup. Last year, Locker re-aggravated a shoulder injury against the Houston Texans. That injury forced him to miss five games. There’s no word on the extent of the injury.
Locker had been playing well: 18-of-24 for 149 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. That strong performance helped the Titans build a 24-6 halftime lead. Ryan Fitzpatrick finished the game going 3-of-8 for 108 yards with one touchdown. That touchdown came on a 77-yard strike to Nate Washington.
The Titans scored 28 points on four Jets turnovers. Much of that sloppiness occurred because of a persistent pass-rush. The Titans had 11 quarterback hits and five sacks. One of those sacks came from Karl Klug, who recovered a fumble in the end zone for an easy six points.
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SOURCES: Ian Rapoport