Titans quarterback Jake Locker says he was sick of leaving games with injuries, so he stuck around for one more play after hurting his right foot against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The play turned out to be a disaster, and his season may officially be one now, too.
Locker ran an option play in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and was hit by Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen. Locker said he wasn’t sure if he caught his foot or someone landed on him. But Locker limped back to the huddle and turned the ball over on the next play when he was so hobbled he couldn’t hand off cleanly to Chris Johnson.
After the game, The Tennessean reported that the Titans believe the QB will miss the remainder of the season after "Initial tests indicated Locker has a Lisfranc injury — damage to a ligament that stabilizes the mid-foot," according to sources. The story said that surgery is a possibility. Locker left the field in a walking boot and crutches.
"You hope and pray that it’s not (a season-ending injury) and just hope for the best," a hopeful Locker said shortly after the game — a 29-27 loss that gave woeful Jacksonville its first win of the season.
Coach Mike Munchak noted that the turnover cost the Titans at least a chance at a field goal. He said they thought Locker was shaking it off and didn’t realize how hurt the quarterback was until the next play.
"That’s not CJ’s fault," Locker said. "I wasn’t able to get to him. I just kind of got to the point I was tired of having to come off the field because I was hurt. I wanted to give it a chance and just wasn’t able to push off like I wanted to."
Locker will have more tests Monday; the Titans (4-5) host Indianapolis (6-3) on Thursday night.
"I can’t imagine in four days he’d able to play, as sore as he was," Munchak said of Locker.
Locker initially sprained his right hip and knee Sept. 29 against the Jets, costing him two games. He also missed five games last season with an injured non-throwing shoulder. He returned to the sideline by the start of the fourth quarter wearing street clothes.
Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker and threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a 4-yard TD, but Fitzpatrick was stripped of the ball in the fourth quarter by Will Blackmon, who ran it back 21 yards for a TD.
The Titans also saw rookie center Brian Schwenke hurt his right ankle in the first half, and he was replaced by veteran Chris Spencer. Damian Williams hurt his quadriceps on a punt return, and he also was using crutches when he returned to the sideline.
Jaguars receiver Stephen Burton also suffered a head injury, announced in the fourth quarter.