Jake Locker reportedly has Lisfranc injury, may need foot surgery


The Tennessee Titans lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but what’s even worse is that they may have lost quarterback Jake Locker for the season.

Locker was injured in the second quarter of the game on an option play. He limped back to the huddle after taking a hit and stayed in the game. He was so hobbled he failed to give Chris Johnson a clean handoff and the Titans lost a fumble on the next play. Locker limped off the field to the locker room and returned on crutches.

After the game, Titans reporter Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean reported that the team believes Locker suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury and may need foot surgery.

“I don’t know exactly how it happened, but when I got up from that run I could feel it,” Locker said after the game. “A lot of times your character is tested through adversity. You try to deal with it as positively as you can.”

Locker missed five games last season because of a shoulder injury that required surgery, and he missed two games this season with a hip injury. Now he might be done for the season. If that’s the case, he will have started in only 18 of 32 games in the past two seasons.

Jake Locker suffers hip injury against Jets (GIF)

Jake Locker was having a great start to the season, but his strong year may have been derailed by the New York Jets on Sunday.

Locker was hit in the hip by Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson after delivering an incomplete pass on the Tennessee Titans’ first play of their second drive of the third quarter Sunday. He went to the ground and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

The Titans have termed it a hip injury. Former Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker in the game.

Prior to the injury, Locker was 18-of-24 for 149 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. He also had 17 rushing yards. Locker had six touchdown passes and no interceptions on the season, and was on his way to leading Tennessee to a 3-1 record. The good news is he did give a thumbs up as he was being carried away:

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Trent Dilfer: Matt Hasselbeck saved my life, is the ‘best dude in the world’

Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck have battled for the Tennessee Titans starting-quarterback position throughout the offseason, and the veteran Hasselbeck has taken the competition in stride. Locker made a strong claim to the starting job with an impressive performance Thursday night against the Cardinals. According to Hasselbeck’s former teammate and current analyst Trent Dilfer, Locker couldn’t ask for a better mentor than the one he has this season.

Dilfer and Hasselbeck were teammates in Seattle in 2003, which was the most difficult time of Dilfer’s life. The former quarterback and current analyst tragically lost his 5-year-old son to heart disease. During the ESPN broadcast on Thursday, Dilfer credited Hasselbeck with literally saving his life.

“(Hasselbeck was) walking me through the most difficult time of my life. I mean I was a mess,” Dilfer said, according to Nate Davis of USA TODAY. “I’ll be very transparent. I mean I was 265 pounds and drinking myself to sleep. I’m depressed, my wife’s going, ‘What’s going on?’ And it’s that guy, Matthew Hasselbeck, that says, ‘This is over. I love you too much to let you do this to yourself. You need to come back up to Seattle.’ And I credit Matthew Hasselbeck for the type of father I am, the type of husband I am, because he really saved my life in 2003.

“Jake Locker might be the luckiest guy in the NFL right now. He’s got a good football team, he’s got a great coaching staff, and he’s got the best dude in the world — who probably should be playing — mentoring him and pushing him and teaching him those lessons.”

Obviously the relationship between Dilfer and Hasselbeck extends beyond what most of us can understand. However, the second-year quarterback out of Washington echoed some of Dilfer’s sentiments during his own sideline interview when he thanked Hasselbeck for teaching him how to carry himself both on and off the field.

Hasselbeck has always been a good NFL quarterback and is probably still capable of starting on a few teams across the NFL. The way he has handled himself throughout the offseason has surprised some, but after hearing Dilfer’s story, it sounds like it’s just more of the same from one of the league’s classiest acts.

Jon Gruden Higher on Jake Locker Than any Other Rookie Quarterback

Jon Gruden has been described as a man who collected quarterbacks when he coached. He turned Rich Gannon into an MVP, won a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson, and he reached the playoffs with Chris Simms. He seems to know his quarterbacks and is respected for his ability to coach them. That’s part of the reason why he runs a “Quarterback Camp” on TV (however strange the episodes may be). Simply said, when he talks quarterbacks, we listen.

Gruden sat down for an interview with Marty Caswell of Double X Sports in San Diego and was asked which rookie quarterback he felt would have the best chance at making an early impact in the NFL. His answer surprised me.

“I really like Jake Locker,” Gruden said without hesitation. “I think Locker is special. Cam Newton is physically very talented, but I think Jake Locker. And what I’m hearing about Blaine Gabbert’s exciting too, but I’m a Locker stocker.”

I respect Gruden’s opinion of quarterbacks, but I think he’s crazy there. Sure Locker had a strong pro day, but as I said on draft day he was a reach for Tennessee. Locker is big, fast, and has a strong arm, but his big weakness is his lack of accuracy. That is a real problem, not a criticism by haters.

Locker is going to throw a lot of interceptions in the NFL and I don’t envision much success for him. But at least we have a prominent analyst who validates Tennessee’s selection, so they have that going for them.

Jake Locker, Christian Ponder Were Reaches for Titans and Vikings

James Carpenter going 25th overall to Seattle may have been a shocker, and the bounty the Falcons paid to move up and select Julio Jones was surprising, but nothing was more stunning than seeing Jake Locker and Christian Ponder go eighth and 12th respectively. I figured Locker would sneak into the back end of the first round and that Ponder would be a second-round pick, but I never thought these guys would each go Top 12. That’s just insane.

Locker seems like a likable guy and his physical tools (arm strength, size, and speed) are undeniable. The guy is talented. But I’ll harp on the same issue many analysts have with him: he just doesn’t have accuracy. I know his team at Washington was not very good and that he made the Huskies, but the guy just is not accurate with his passes. I’ve seen him unable to throw the football to immobile targets. How’s he supposed to throw on the run with Pro Bowl defensive backs covering his receivers? Locker can make plays happen, but I just don’t see him doing well in the NFL. Then again, this could be my Angels bias creeping up because I’d like to see what he could do in pro ball.

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Jake Locker Helps Draft Stock with Strong Washington Pro Day

Jake Locker joins Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, and Ryan Mallett as one of the top quarterback prospects for this year’s NFL draft. The thing is with this group, unlike some other ones in past years where there was a consensus top quarterback or “sure thing,” every one of the the highly-rated quarterbacks have questions.

For Washington quarterback Jake Locker, accuracy has been his issue.

Locker never had more than a 58% completion rate at Washington and only completed 55% of his passes last season. He had an utter stinker against Nebraska where he went 4-20 and gave scouts concern. Even in a skills competition amongst the top quarterbacks, Locker struggled to hit his targets. But that was a gimmick, and what Locker needs to show is that he can play well in games.

He did just that at his Pro Day.

Throwing in Seattle at Washington’s Pro Day, Locker completed his first 35 passes and went 38-40. Though there is no defense or pass rush for the throws, that’s the type of performance he needed to prove to teams that he can make the throws consistently. He even said as much after the session according to Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta who tweeted that “Locker says very happy how he threw. Best of the draft season he says.”

Even though Locker helped himself with the reportedly strong performance, I still would be hesitant to draft him. I know he had inferior talent surrounding him most of the time at Washington and that playing hurt made his stats look worse, but I still don’t have the confidence in him that he can make routine throws accurately on a regular basis. It’s awfully hard to sustain drives that way, even with a guy who can move like Jake.

Andrew Luck Outshined Jake Locker

There was a time not long ago when a game between Stanford and Washington would have made Mel Kiper cream his pants. Months later, we’re finding out that the matchup is not as exciting as it initially was believed to be, and that there’s a new headliner. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has taken over the title of best quarterback in the Pac-10 while Jake Locker has fallen off in most people’s minds. Actually, one could easily make the argument that Matt Barkley and Darron Thomas have moved ahead of Locker in the conference’s hierarchy.

Stanford routed Washington 41-0 on Saturday in Seattle to improve to 7-1. It was Stanford’s second shutout of the year and Washington’s worst offensive output of the season (though they’ve scored fewer than 20 points three other times in the season). Sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck ran for a 51-yard score and threw for another, going 19-26 for 192 yards a touchdown, and an interception. He also had 92 yards on the ground, proving he’s an extremely capable running quarterback.

Washington on the other hand managed just 107 yards and seven first downs the entire game. They only had 54 yards through the first three quarters and they pulled Locker late in the game for backup Keith Price. Locker was pressured the entire game and went just 7-14 for 64 yards and two interceptions. He also amassed just one rushing yard on eight carries, getting sacked three times. Though Locker has put up some really nice games (see his four touchdown performance against Syracuse and his five TD performance against Oregon State), the loss was reminiscent of Jake’s stinker against Nebraska. Locker was just 4-20 for a touchdown and two interceptions against the Huskers in a September loss.

Locker’s a talented player and the quality of his teammates and coaching staff is not as good as Stanford’s (or many other teams in the conference). Still, Locker has been inconsistent and looked extremely ordinary in many games this year, especially for a player thought to be a potential number one pick.

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