Titans QB Locker limited in return to practice

Associated Press Modified: October 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm •  Published: October 17, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jake Locker has practiced for the first time since dislocating his left, non-throwing shoulder and coach Mike Munchak said the Titans' quarterback is on target to return when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis on Oct. 28.

Locker loosened up Wednesday by throwing a few short balls before working in individual drills. He also threw during 7-on-7 for the defense for his first practice since dislocating his left shoulder Sept. 30 for the second time in four games.

Munchak said Locker did what they hoped he would be able to do, and the coach watched the eighth pick overall in 2011 in individual drills.

"It was what we hoped he'd be able to handle," Munchak said. "Now it's just to see how sore he got and keep progressing and giving him more to do. He's a guy you have to hold back. He wants to be out there. In his mind, he'd be able to play tomorrow if he had to play. We'll see how sore he got from what he did today and keep adding more to his routine."

Veteran Matt Hasselbeck will start Sunday in Buffalo (3-3) for the Titans (2-4) with Locker returning to the starting lineup against the Colts if there are no setbacks. Even if Hasselbeck leads the Titans to a second straight win, Munchak said he will have no problem returning the offense back to Locker, who started the first four games.

"We feel comfortable because the receivers, everyone he's so familiar with the offense that if he's ready to play next week that there wouldn't be any doubt he'd be the guy playing," Munchak said.

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