NFL: Tennessee Titans confirm quarterback Jake Locker suffered strained hip
Last Updated: 02/10/13 10:03am
Jake Locker: Had to be taken from the field on a cart during the third quarter on Sunday
The Tennessee Titans have received some positive news concerning the hip injury sustained by quarterback Jake Locker against the New York Jets.
Locker had to be carted off the field during the third quarter of his team's 38-13 triumph on Sunday after being sandwiched on a hit by Jets defensive duo Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples.
The 25-year-old, who was selected by the Titans with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, had completed 18 of his 24 pass attempts for 149 yards and three touchdowns before injury cut short his afternoon.
He spent Sunday night in hospital but a second scan on his right hip has shown no serious structural damage, raising hopes that he will return sooner than initially expected.
"We received reassuring reports from the second MRI today and they confirmed that there was no major damage to Jake Locker's hip joint - it is classified as a sprained hip," the Titans said in a statement on their official website.
"The area will need time to heal and strengthen, but he won't require surgery and he has already begun a rehab routine for both his hip and knee. We certainly would expect him to miss a few weeks, but we are encouraged by the news today."
Locker will certainly miss the game against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs this weekend; Tennessee then face the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers before their bye week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who took over under centre against the Jets and threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington in the fourth quarter, will now start for the Titans, who own a 3-1 record so far this season.
They had been scheduled to work out free agent John Skelton as a potential back-up but the ex-Arizona Cardinal is now expected to sign for the 49ers instead.