QB Hasselbeck to start his 3rd straight vs. Bills
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will start his third straight game when the Titans visit Buffalo on Sunday, and injured Jake Locker could be healthy enough to return in a week.
Doctors checked Locker's left, non-throwing shoulder again Monday.
Coach Mike Munchak said he didn't have the results, but that the quarterback is healing.
"I wouldn't think he'd play this week," Munchak said. "He's doing better, much better than he was last week at this time. He'll probably start doing more activity this week. But again, we'll just have to wait and see how he does the next couple days, how fast he comes along. I would imagine it would take him another week."
Locker first hurt his shoulder in the season opener against New England, and he dislocated the shoulder Sept. 30 in a loss at Houston. Munchak said they are lucky enough to have Hasselbeck available to start and allow Locker to heal without rushing him back.
Hasselbeck led the Titans (2-4) to 10 points in the final 4:19 last week to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-23. That doesn't mean there is a quarterback controversy in Tennessee.
"If he was healthy enough to suit up, we'd feel he's healthy enough to play," Munchak said of Locker.
The Titans worked out for an hour Monday after a weekend off following their much-needed win.
Locker wasn't available in the locker room after the session, and Hasselbeck only talks once a week when starting. Munchak said Locker wanted to play against Pittsburgh and the Bills (3-3).
"But he physically can't, so he's all in now for Matt to do well because he knows if Matt does well, the team does well and then hopefully at some point Jake will be coming back and leading this thing and obviously we want to be in the playoff hunt," Munchak said. "It's going to take a group effort to get that done."
Before the Titans can even think about being in the hunt for a playoff spot, they have more immediate concerns of trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
They last won consecutive games at the end of last season against Jacksonville and at Houston to finish with the franchise's first winning record since 2008 at 9-7.
Munchak said they now have a chance to do something at 2-4.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us believe me," Munchak said. "There's no reason we can't put some wins together. If you do that, then you work yourself back into it and that's the good thing is that there's still a chance to work yourself back into it if you can win four, five games in a row, which is a big if. We haven't done that yet. We haven't won two in a row yet."
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