NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, leaving Tennessee trying to rally with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
A discussion on their banged-up quarterback's future with the Titans will have to wait until the offseason.
"We're just concentrating on these seven weeks," coach Mike Munchak said Monday after announcing Locker's injury. "That's all we're concerned about. Next year is next year. Right now we just got to go forward and try to win a game."
Not only did the Titans lose Locker on Sunday, they also became the first team to lose to previously winless Jacksonville this season 29-27. That loss dropped the Titans to 4-5, missing a chance to pull within a game of Indianapolis (6-3) in the AFC South.
The quarterback was hurt in the second quarter of a 29-27 loss to Jacksonville at the end of an option play. Locker, who was on crutches and a walking boot, told reporters before leaving the stadium he hoped and prayed the injury wouldn't end his season. But further tests Monday confirmed the extent of the damage.
"To lose him now is a huge blow," Munchak said. "I mean you watch any team that loses their quarterback it's a big effect on the team."
Munchak said whether Locker will need surgery to repair his foot will be decided in the next few days after consulting with surgeons.
"So it's hard for him," Munchak said. "I know how depressed he is, I know how hard this hurt him and our team. I mean, he's a fighter."
The Titans drafted Locker with the eighth selection overall in 2011 to be their franchise quarterback, and he signed a four-year contract with an option for a fifth year. Locker is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 1,256 yards and has eight touchdowns with only four interceptions and a passer rating of 86.7.
He is 8-10 since becoming a starter, but he will wind up missing 14 of a possible 32 starts in his first two seasons. Asked if he was worried Locker is injury prone, Munchak said that will be a topic for discussion in February.