When Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker took a tough hit from Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson in Week 4, injuring his hip and right knee, the team believed Locker might miss the next four to eight weeks.
Except Locker practiced all this week, and on Friday, he actually took more reps than interim starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Naturally, Locker, who's officially listed as questionable on the injury report, wants to play this Sunday vs. the 49ers.
Coach Mike Munchak, though, wouldn't say if he would.
“We haven't decided yet," Munchak said, via the Tennessean. "We are not really leaning any way. It's just Jake has done well. He has been able to do everything we wanted him to do, so now we need to spend some time with him, talk as an offense, and decide what we think is best for Sunday.”
The fact Fitzpatrick hasn't played particularly well since taking over the team -- and since Locker has played some of his best football this season -- probably won't help Fitzpatrick's cause.
Locker is still wearing a knee brace, and reporters have noticed that he's still walking with a slight limp. But the reports of Locker from practice have been positive, even if he told reporters on Thursday that “there are certain things that don't feel normal yet.”
Munchak, though, also didn't rule out the idea that Locker could take back his starting position this Sunday.
“We really want to get a good feeling on what he feels he can do well and what his limitations might be,” the coach said. “Those are the things that will go into it now. … I think both have gotten enough work where ether one of them could play on Sunday. We just need to finish up some talks and make a decision.”