And there have been so many of this season already. The latest casualty is Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who sustained the injury during Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will be out the rest of the season.
The third-year quarterback was injured in the second quarter on an 8-yard option play when Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen hit him. Locker tried to run one more play after he was hit, but he couldn't put
"I don't know exactly how it happened, but when I got up from that run, I could feel it," Locker said. He returned to the sideline late in the third quarter on crutches, with his foot in a protective boot.
When Locker left the game, the Titans trailed 13-0. By the end of the game they lost by just two points, 29-27.
Locker missed two games after suffering hip and knee injuries on September 29th against the New York Jets.
"A lot of times your character is tested through adversity," Locker said. "You try to deal with it as positively as you can."
Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker and led a touchdown drive on his first series. Later in the game he had a ball taken out of his grasp by Jaguars defensive back Will Blackmon, who returned it for the game winning score. Fitzpatrick will likely start tonight against the Indianapolis Colts.
Locker will go into the 2014 season not knowing for sure if he will be the Titan's starting quarterback. Unlike the previous two years, Locker has played well in his seven appearances. He was 21st in QB efficiency, an improvement on the 31st ranking he held last year. Locker's completion ranking has increased from 51.5 as a rookie to 60.7 this season.
References: USA Today and CBS Sports
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