MRI Reveals ‘Still Sore’ Jake Locker Avoided Structural Damage On Wrist

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 | 0


Drafted with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has largely failed to live up to the hype that he garnered as a top-level quarterback at the University of Washington.

Several injuries have slowed his rise, and many scouts and coaches wondered if he would ever grasp the pro game.

But Locker seemed on his way towards silencing those critics in Week 1 of the 2014 regular season as the Titans stormed into Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium to shock the Chiefs. Locker was pegged as a potential breakout candidate with his rising stable of receivers that boasts Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, and Delanie Walker.

His Week 2 home match-up with the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t have been much better, as Locker was matched up against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Instead the Cowboys held the Titans to only one touchdown, dominating them en route to a 26-10 win. It was a brutal showing considering Dallas had looked terribly out of sync during their Week 1 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Things didn’t get much better for the Titans in Week 3 when they faced off with AFC North giant Cincinnati Bengals and lost their second straight game by a lopsided margin of 33-7.

Locker also returned to his injury-prone ways by hurting his wrist in the loss, an injury that he went for an MRI on today. Fortunately for Locker and the Titans, Jim Wyatt revealed that the images revealed no structural damage, only has a strain:

Still experiencing pain in the wrist, Locker is questionable for the Titans’ Week 4 game against the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts. The Titans, once hyped just a few short weeks ago after their win over Kansas City, are now sliding into dangerous territory against a tough opponent.

They’re going to need Locker in order to beat Andrew Luck and the Colts, but the Titans probably aren’t surprised that he might miss more time. If he does, the franchise’s patience could be wearing thin with the athletically gifted but oft-injured signal caller.

Have we seen the beginning of the end of Jake Locker in Tennessee?

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