Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker is one of the toughest players in the NFL, and we saw perfect evidence his toughness this season when he returned way earlier than expected from a serious hip injury. But even the tough ones can get knocked out for the remainder of the season, and there is a possibility that the foot injury Locker suffered today will cost him- and most likely the Tennessee Titans- his season.
The Nashville Tennessean’s always-excellent Jim Wyatt reports that “indications are” that Jake Locker will be done for the year, and he could need surgery for what might be a Lisfranc injury. That’s an awful lot of “coulds”, which should tell you just how much we should be thinking about this being a season-ending injury. But it’s still always notable when a quality starting quarterback has a shot at missing hte season, and Wyatt is one of the best in the business.
Locker suffered the injury to his right foot today in the Titans upset loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the injury immediately looked serious. He was later seen on the sidelines wielding crutches and with his right foot in a walking boot, and the Titans immediately ruled Locker out for next week’s game against the rival Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the Titans going forward, and this team’s playoff hopes are most likely over. Fitzpatrick is a great backup and should do a serviceable job, but there’s a clear drop-off between Fitzpatrick and Locker.