(NEW YORK) — Because Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is unable to return to the field yet, Matt Hasselbeck will start his fifth straight start for the team this Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
In Week 4, Locker suffered a shoulder injury, which includes both damage to the labrum and a fracture. The Titans have gone 2-2 in Hasselbeck’s four starts.
“I wouldn’t say [Locker] is a long ways away,” Titans head coach Mike Munchak told the Tennesseean. “He’ll visit the doctors this afternoon and tomorrow morning. Hopefully he’ll be able to do more. It’s more of a medical deal, that they’re going to allow him to do more things, allow him to get bumped around a little bit.”
Locker is in his second year in the NFL, and his first as the team’s starting quarterback. In three full games (he threw just two passes before getting hurt in week 4), Locker threw for 781 yards with four touchdowns and completed 63.2% of his passes.
While filling in for Locker, Hasselbeck has thrown for 1,167 yards with six touchdowns while completing 63.8% of his passes.
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