The former Huskies' signal caller has been sidelined for five games with a dislocated non-throwing shoulder.
Locker, a second-year pro, dislocated his non-throwing shoulder twice in the Titans first four games and has not been able to play since Sept. 30. He has been undergoing weekly MRIs to assess the progress of his recovery. With the Titans set to return to the practice field on Wednesday, Munchak told the Tennessean that he'll wait to see how Locker performs in practice before making a decision.
"Hypothetically if we got to Wednesday and we thought he was able to take the next step and take (game) reps, then it would be more of seeing how he did physically and mentally, getting ready for an actual game again," Munchak said on Monday. "Then if we felt he was there, it would be the final step of, ‘Hey, listen, he's ready to play.'"
Tennessee (3-6) is 2-3 with backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck under center. Munchak appears eager to get his starter back.
"I think he'd provide a spark if we were winning or losing," he said. "That's why he's our starter. That's why we always answer the question the same. When he's healthy and we felt he's ready to play, that we'd put him in there because he brings a different kind of spark than Matt does."
Kickoff for the Titans vsersus Dolphins game is slated for 10 a.m. PT on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium, and the game will be televised on FOX.