NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — While Jake Locker will miss a "few weeks" with a sprained hip, coach Mike Munchak says the Titans are encouraged by how the quarterback already is moving around.
Exactly how many games Locker misses depends on how quickly he recovers.
"If anyone's going to get back quick, it's him," Munchak said Tuesday night during his weekly radio show on 104.5 The Zone WGFX-FM. "We know he's going to miss a few games and now it's just going to be a matter of how well he rehabs and how quickly it comes around to see exactly when. We won't know for a couple weeks how close he could be to playing."
The Titans released a statement earlier Tuesday, saying a second MRI exam was "reassuring" and confirmed Locker did not suffer major damage to his hip joint. Locker sprained his right hip and also his right knee.
Munchak had dismissed reports Monday that Locker would miss at least a month and possibly up to eight weeks, saying everyone was just "guessing." He said then they needed the second MRI exam because Locker had swelling in his hip. Munchak said Tuesday night they wanted to be cautious.
"Then today they said that this looks a lot better than we thought," Munchak said. "He's still got a lot of work ahead of him no doubt, but it's good news to know that he's got just a sprain of the hip area and also the knee."
Munchak said Locker started his rehabilitation Tuesday and also took part in the quarterbacks' weekly session.