Jake Locker cleared for contact, will split reps with Matt Hasselbeck this week

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Titans quarterback Jake Locker is rehabbing from a shoulder injury, and could start this week against Miami.

Relief can not come soon enough for the Titans. After an embarrassing 51-20 loss to Chicago on Sunday, Tennessee needed some good news to hang their hats on in practice this week. They may have it after it was reported that quarterback Jake Locker has been cleared for contact after his second shoulder separation forced him out of the game against Houston in Week 4. Head coach Mike Munchak announced a plan that included Locker splitting reps with Hasselbeck, which could give the young quarterback a shot to start against the Dolphins on Sunday.

The former Washington standout had been named the starter by Munchak entering the season, but gave way to veteran Matt Hasselbeck after the second separation.

Locker had proven to be a competent NFL quarterback early in the season, throwing for 781 yards and four touchdowns with just two interceptions through three games. His best game was a 378-yard, two TD performance against the Lions in Week 3, a game the Titans won, 44-41.

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