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QB Jake Locker - Tennessee Titans

6-2, 231Born: 6-15-1988College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 1, pick 8

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Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) was limited for the second day in practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Rookie Zach Mettenberger is starting for the Titans in Week 8.

He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Locker was limited in practices last week due to his injured right hand, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Monday he 'would expect' Jake Locker (sore thumb) to return Week 8.

General News (Fri Oct 24): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to be available to play this weekend. Remember, however, that Zach Mettenberger will start for the team.

General News (Thu Oct 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice. Locker will return to the starting quarterback job when he is healthy, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team has decided to start Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans with Locker still recovering from his injury.

General News (Wed Oct 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

General News (Tue Oct 21): is expected to be back in Week 8. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sunday, Oct. 19, that Locker's hand was still sore this week. Charlie Whitehurst started in his absence in Week 7 against Washington.

Week 8: vs Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jake Locker is 'expected' to start this game according to comments from head coach Ken Whisenhunt on Monday, but his status is pending Locker's ability to practice later in the week. If his sore thumb doesn't get aggravated, Locker could return to action for the Titans in this game. If he misses time, though, backup Charlie Whitehurst (59/98 for 764 yards passing, five TDs and two interceptions thrown over his four appearances this year) will be under center again. We're not sure a rusty Locker would be an upgrade in this game - anyways, stay tuned to's Players in the News this week as the starting quarterback for this one is up in the air as of midweek. The Texans' pass D is ranked 26th in the NFL averaging 268.7 net yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores allowed vs. six interceptions (tied for 14th in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied-19th) generated to date. The sub-par secondary has allowed three TDs with zero interceptions to Ben Roethlisberger (24/34 for 252 net yards, with three sacks taken for -16 yards) and three TDs with one interception to Andrew Luck (25/44 for 363 net passing yards, with three sacks taken for -7 yards). J.J. Watt can't both rush the passer and cover receivers - the secondary isn't doing a very good job of covering receivers of late, either. Advantage, whichever quarterback starts for Tennessee.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs CLE 8 11 79 1 0 4 34 1 0
8 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
8 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay 2 3 * * * 0 * * *
8 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 11 / 79 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 34 / 1 rush)

Jake Locker made a strong start to this game in relation to his previous displays this season. He wasn't playing exceptional football, but he was making important plays. Locker relied more on his athleticism than his ability from the pocket, but he gave his receivers good service and capped off an impressive drive with a short touchdown pass to Kendall Wright in the red zone. Locker's positive play was interrupted by two awful throws at the start of the second quarter. On the first play he wildly overthrew Dexter McCluster when he was open in the endzone before he was nearly intercepted on a short crossing route on the next play. That play was negated by an offsides penalty, so it's possible Locker knew it was a free play. Regardless, he followed it up with an impressive run for a touchdown on Third-and-2. Locker took a heavy hit to the head at the end of that play and appeared to be concussed. Locker returned to the game for the next drive and didn't appear to be effected negatively. After recovering from that hit to the head, Locker hurt his hand on the next drive and went to the locker room.


Latest News

Titans | Jake Locker listed as probable (Fri Oct 24, 03:33 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and is listed as probable for Week 8.

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Titans | Limited practice for Jake Locker (Thu Oct 23, 05:45 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) was limited for the second day in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: Locker is not going to start in Week 8. We'll see rookie Zach Mettenberger under center for the Titans against the Texans.
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Titans | Zach Mettenberger named starter (Thu Oct 23, 02:43 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger has been named the starting quarterback for Week 8, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. QB Jake Locker will serve as the backup quarterback.

Our View: We're a little excited to see what Mettenberger can do. The strong-armed quarterback has some wrinkles to his delivery but could become a solid starter down the road. Certainly they might as well see what he can do. You should keep him away from your lineup at all costs though as we think the Wooderson-from-Dazed-and-Confused lookalike will be a low-point earner this week.
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Titans | Jake Locker to start when healthy (Thu Oct 23, 01:23 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) will return to the starting quarterback job when he is healthy, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team has decided to start QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans with Locker still recovering from his injury.

Our View: The Wooderson from Dazed and Confused lookalike will get the start but keep Mettenberger away from your lineup.
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Titans | Jake Locker done in Nashville? (Wed Oct 22, 10:51 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (thumb) is in the final year of his contract after the team declined to pick up a fifth-year option. He is reportedly making progress with his thumb injury, but the team plans to start rookie QB Zach Mettenberger in Week 8 against the Houston Texans.

Our View: It was a make-or-break year for Locker in 2014, and he broke....again. Tennessee should be looking at drafting (another) franchise quarterback in the first round.
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