NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is out with hip and knee injuries, and coach Mike Munchak doesn’t know for how long.
Munchak said Monday the former Washington Huskies standout will have another MRI exam Tuesday to diagnose the extent of the injury he suffered Sunday against the New York Jets. The test might give the Titans a better idea of when Locker can return.
The Tennessean newspaper reported “there are indications it will be at least 4-6 weeks and possibly more depending on rehab, according to those familiar with the situation.”
Tennessee (3-1) is off to a solid start after going 6-10 last season behind Locker, 25, who is playing the best football of his career.
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The Titans visit the Seahawks on Oct. 13.
Munchak said he remains optimistic Locker will be back this season and added any reports on how much time Locker will miss are guesses.
Munchak said Locker also sprained his right knee.
Locker spent the night in the hospital after being injured early in the third quarter of a 38-13 victory. Locker was hit first by Muhammad Wilkerson and pinballed off Quinton Coples before grabbing at his hip as he went to the ground. Munchak said Locker couldn’t pull out his foot, with his hip caught in a kind of whiplash effect.
Munchak talked with league officials Monday about the hits.
“The first one was, he dropped his helmet into him and unloaded on him, which you’re supposed to pull back when you’re late. The second one was totally unnecessary,” Munchak said.
Ex-Buffalo Bill Ryan Fitzpatrick, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Titans in March, is expected to start at quarterback Sunday against visiting Kansas City (4-0).
Locker, in a team-released statement, said, “I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the last 24 hours. I am going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as I can.”
Locker is the third-ranked quarterback in the AFC by passer rating, behind Denver’s Peyton Manning and San Diego’s Philip Rivers. Locker has a 99 passer rating and is completing a career-high 62.2 percent of his passes, with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
• Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork of the New England Patriots tore his right Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 30-23 victory over Atlanta, The Boston Globe reported. Coach Bill Belichick didn’t specify the injury, but told a radio station, “I think he’s got a pretty serious injury and it’s probably unlikely that he’ll be able to play again this year.”
• Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney of the San Diego Chargers has a torn quadriceps muscle that could sideline him for several weeks or perhaps the rest of the season.
• Benched Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman said he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and voluntarily entered the league substance-abuse program more than a year ago after mistakenly taking a medication to treat the condition.
Freeman. in a statement released by his agent, said he has passed all 46 drug tests he has taken for the league since once using Ritalin instead of Adderall to treat ADHD.
• A cousin of Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, pleaded not guilty in Fall River, Mass., to a conspiracy charge for her alleged actions after the killing of Hernandez’s friend.
anya Singleton was held without bail after entering her plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact to murder. Prosecutors say in the days after the June 17 killing of Hernandez’s friend, Odin Lloyd, she helped one of Hernandez’s other friends flee to Florida.
Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges in Lloyd’s shooting death.
|Vince Wilfork, DT||Patriots||Achilles||Out for season|
|Mark Sanchez, QB||Jets||Shoulder||Out for season|
|Jake Locker, QB||Titans||Hip||Out 4-6 weeks?|
|Dwight Freeney, LB||Chargers||Quadriceps||Out several weeks|
|Bjoern Werner, LB||Colts||Foot||Out at least 4 weeks|
|Stanley Havili, FB||Colts||Ankle||Doubtful for Sun.|
|Marcel Reece, FB||Raiders||Knee||Uncertain|
|C.J. Spiller, RB||Bills||Ankle||Uncertain|