NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the Tennessee Titans say injured Jake Locker will miss at least a few weeks, coach Mike Munchak says the team is encouraged by how the quarterback already is moving around.
Exactly how many games Locker, a former Washington Huskies standout, misses depends on how quickly he recovers from hip and knee injuries suffered in Sunday’s 38-13 victory over the New York Jets.
“If anyone’s going to get back quick, it’s him,” Munchak said Tuesday night during his weekly radio show. “We know he’s going to miss a few games and now it’s just going to be a matter of how well he rehabs and how quickly it comes around to see exactly when.”
Unless that timetable changes, Locker will not play for the Titans when they visit the Seahawks on Oct. 13.
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The Titans released a statement earlier Tuesday that said Locker did not suffer major damage to his hip joint. Locker, 25, sprained his hip and right knee.
“The area will need time to heal and strengthen, but he won’t require surgery and he has already begun a rehab routine for both his hip and knee,” the statement said.
Locker is the third-ranked quarterback in the AFC by passer rating.
Ex-Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday for the Titans (3-1) against Kansas City (4-0).
NFLPA to probe possibility of leak
TAMPA, Fla. – The NFL Players Association wants to determine whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaked information about quarterback Josh Freeman being in the league’s substance-abuse program.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said, “We are sufficiently concerned about what we’ve heard to begin an investigation.”
Freeman said in a statement released by his agent late Monday that he voluntarily entered the substance-abuse program and submitted to random testing more than a year ago after he mistakenly took Ritalin instead of Adderall to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The Bucs benched the fifth-year pro last week after Freeman played poorly in the team’s first three games, all losses. The quarterback believes someone within the Bucs organization leaked information about him being in the league’s drug-testing program.
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he was “absolutely not” the source for an ESPN report Freeman is in Stage I of the substance-abuse program.
• The New York Jets won’t have receiver Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and might not have receiver Stephen Hill (concussion) available for Monday night’s game in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, ex-Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu was cut by the Jets. He had one catch for 8 yards and was called for three penalties in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee.
The Jets are expected to sign ex-Buffalo receiver David Nelson.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade starting left tackle Eugene Monroe, 26, to Baltimore for undisclosed draft picks.
ESPN first reported the trade, which won’t be official until Monroe, the eighth player drafted in 2009, passes a physical in Baltimore.
• Jacksonville is going to induct retired quarterback Mark Brunell into the Pride of the Jaguars, the franchise’s hall of fame. The former Washington Husky will become the third player in the Pride.