Jake Locker can play football again. Sort of.
The Tennessee Titans quarterback has been cleared to resume football activities, which means he will amp up his rehabilitation from a sprained hip and knee that have caused him to miss the last two games. It does not mean, though, that he is likely to be back in action Sunday when the Titans host the San Francisco 49ers.
“He’s got a lot to prove before he can come out and be our quarterback,” coach Mike Munchak said Monday. “He’d have to be out there [practicing].”
Locker will run this week. He also will throw. He’s just likely to do all of that on the side and not in the flow of a workout.
“Starting [Monday he’ll] be a lot more active,” Munchak said. “Now it’s just a matter of seeing how [he] handles more activity. I think the rest part and the light part is over and now he can get into more football stuff. It’s just a matter of seeing how quickly he progresses without pain.
“We’re not going to limit him. … He’ll come out like the rest of these guys do and see how he does running, how he does throwing and moving around. Those are the things he can start doing now. … Then we’ll go from there.”
Following the San Francisco game, the Titans have a bye. That makes the most likely target for Locker’s return to action is Nov. 3 at St. Louis – as has been widely assumed since he was injured in the third quarter of a victory over the New York Jets on Sept. 29.
"We wouldn’t rush Jake, by any means," Munchak said. "He’s going to be here for a long time, playing a lot of football … and hopefully winning a lot of championships. We wouldn’t do anything foolish. We wouldn’t put him out there unless we felt he was ready to play and –obviously – we’re assuming that will be later rather than sooner."