Jake Locker (hip) could land on IR/designated to return

  • By Dan Hanzus
  • Around the League Writer
  • Published: Sept. 30, 2013 at 12:58 p.m.

Jake Locker's right hip injury is significant, but it's unlikely to end his 2013 season.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Tennessee Titans believe their starting quarterback will miss about a month, at least, with a hip injury sustained on Sunday.
One strong possibility, according to a source informed of the injury, is to place Locker on injured reserve/designated to return. That procedural move opens up a roster spot, but will keep Locker from practicing for at least six weeks. He could return in Week 13.
Locker was injured in the third quarter of the Titans' 38-13 win over the New York Jets on Sunday after being hit by defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson moments ever throwing a pass. Locker was carted off the field and examined before being transferred to a local hospital. He remained overnight and was released Monday.
With Locker down, Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely step in as the Titans' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. Fitzpatrick has extensive experience in a starting role dating back to his run with the Buffalo Bills.