Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker said he is mostly moving around without crutches now, but he’s certainly not ready to play the Seahawks this weekend.
Locker still has a brace on his hip after being injured two weeks ago. The Titans come to Seattle on Sunday then host the 49ers before having a bye week. After the bye week, they are hopeful Locker may be looking at a return.
“It’s tough,” Locker said. “I was really looking forward to having the opportunity to play there and play in front of family and friends. It’s hard.”
Locker said he’s just trying to get back as soon as possible.
He was off to his best start since being drafted No. 8 overall in 2011 out of Washington. Locker was completing 62.2 percent of his passes under new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. A year after throwing 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, Locker had thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions this season.
“I felt really confident,” Locker said. “There’s a difference in what we’re doing offensively. I think the mindset of everybody on this side of the ball is a little different this year.”
Titans head coach Mike Munchak said he thought Locker benefited from being the clear starting quarterback through the offseason and into the summer. Munchak also said they went out to get some personnel that suited Locker’s strengths.
“It was more his team,” Munchak said. “He’s very comfortable with the progressions, and where to go with the football and you saw it during training camp, you saw it in preseason games, he just continued to be better and better with where to put the ball.
“It’s disappointing whenever you lose your quarterback, but especially for him. People were starting to see what we always saw here during training camp and the season making those types of plays. It was disappointing. Took the wind out of us a little bit, recovering from that led to a very slow start last weekend.”
Locker has a 14-month-old daughter, Colbie. Other than that, he says, not much has changed for him. Outside of living his childhood dream of being an NFL quarterback.
“It’s fun,” Locker said. “It’s challenging. It’s a new challenge every day. It’s something I’m very thankful for. I love having this opportunity and just going to continue to grow and hope to enjoy it as long as possible.”