NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season because of a Lisfranc injury to his right foot that might need surgery.
Coach Mike Munchak said Monday losing Locker is disappointing and difficult for the Titans (4-5).
“To lose him now is a huge blow,” Munchak said. “I mean, you watch any team that loses their quarterback, it’s a big effect on the team.”
Ex-Washington Huskies standout Locker was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s 29-27 loss to Jacksonville, at the end of an option play.
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Locker, who was on crutches and wore a walking boot, told reporters before leaving the stadium he hoped and prayed the injury wouldn’t end his season.
“So it’s hard for him,” Munchak said. “I know how depressed he is, I know how hard this hurt him and our team. I mean, he’s a fighter.”
The Titans drafted Locker with the eighth selection overall in 2011 to be their franchise quarterback. Locker is 8-10 since becoming a starter, but he will wind up missing 14 of a possible 32 starts in the last two seasons.
Asked if he was worried Locker is injury prone, Munchak said that will be a discussion topic in February.
“We’re just concentrating on these seven weeks,” Munchak said. “That’s all we’re concerned about. Next year is next year.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces Locker with the Titans hosting Indianapolis on Thursday night.
Packers look at Flynn
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy confirmed quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss back-to-back games for the first time in his career and won’t play Sunday against the New York Giants. Rodgers has a broken collarbone.
Former Packers backup Matt Flynn, who was traded by the Seahawks to the Oakland Raiders in the offseason, worked out for Green Bay on Monday.
“Matt Flynn is here,” McCarthy said. “(He) went through his workout this morning. (He) looks good. That’s really all I have for you right now. Everything else is a work in progress.”
Broncos contact league
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – An MRI determined the hit caused no further damage to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s tender right ankle.
Now, Manning and the Broncos are curious what the league thinks of that hit.
Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the Broncos have sent replays to NFL offices of Corey Liuget’s dive at Manning’s ankles in the closing minutes of Denver’s 28-20 victory over San Diego on Sunday.
“In the rules, there are certain areas you can hit and certain areas that are supposed to be protected,” Del Rio said. “And we thought that got into an area that was supposed to be protected.”
Manning, whose ankles have been hurting since games against Jacksonville and Indianapolis last month, stayed down after Liuget dived at him after a completed pass with 1:44 left. Manning limped through the rest of the game and in the locker room afterward.
Del Rio said Manning would play when Denver (8-1) hosts Kansas City (9-0) on Sunday.
“We’re definitely on high alert, wanting to protect our quarterback,” Del Rio said. “We didn’t do as well as we can and we needed to yesterday and we’ve got a big challenge going against a team that’s sacked quarterbacks more than any team in the league.”
• Minnesota Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson took part in a light practice and apologized afterward for the attention he brought to the organization over the weekend because of his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The Vikings visit the Seahawks on Sunday, and Simpson said he expects to participate.
But Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier spoke in uncertain terms about Simpson’s availability against the Seahawks and beyond.
Simpson, 27, was suspended for three games last season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and his case has again been placed under review.
|Jake Locker, QB||Titans||Foot||Out for season|
|Quentin Groves, LB||Browns||Ankle||Out for season|
|Charles Tillman, CB||Bears||Arm||Out for regular season|
|Sean Lee, LB||Cowboys||Hamstring||Out for 3-4 weeks|
|Jay Cutler, QB||Bears||Ankle||Won’t play Sunday|
|Kenny Vaccaro, S||Saints||Concussion||Won’t play Sunday|
|Vernon Davis, TE||49ers||Concussion||Uncertain|