Report: Jake Locker will be Titans starting QB vs. 49ers on Sunday

Three weeks after being carted off the field, Jake Locker will be back and starting on Sunday. (USATSI)
Three weeks after being carted off the field, Jake Locker will be back and starting on Sunday. (USATSI)

Apparently Jake Locker is a quick healer. Just three weeks after suffering what appeared to be a serious hip injury, Locker will be back on the field as the Titans starting quarterback when Tennessee hosts San Francisco on Sunday, according to NFL.com

Locker was carted off the field in Tennessee's Week 4 win over the Jets with a what appeared to be a serious hip injury. The injury was diagnosed as a sprained hip and the Titans thought they were going to lose Locker for a 'few weeks.' Now it looks like they'll only have lost Locker for two weeks.

During Friday's practice, Locker took the majority of the first team reps and said he wanted to play against San Francisco. The third-year quarterback was officially listed as questionable on Tennessee's final injury report this week.

Titans coach Mike Munchak didn't rule out Locker possibly starting when he spoke with the media on Friday, "We haven't decided yet," Munchak said when asked who the starting quarterback would be on Sunday.

With a healthy Locker, the Titans have looked like a possible playoff team. The Titans were 3-1 and tied for first with Indianapolis in the AFC South before Locker went down. After Locker was injured, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback and went 0-2 with losses to Seattle and Kansas City.

As most quarterbacks have this season, Fitzpatrick struggled against the Seahawks No. 2 ranked defense and the Chiefs fifth-ranked defense. 

Before going down in Week 4, Locker had already thrown six touchdown passes on the season, only four off his career-high for a season.

If Locker can get through the 49ers game unscathed, he'll have a week off before Tennessee plays again. The Titans have a Week 8 bye followed by a Week 9 game in St. Louis. 

CBS Sports Writer

John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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