Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his right shoulder, but he is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Mettenberger, 23, left the Titans' Week 13 loss to the Texans after being hit by Houston defensive end J.J. Watt. Jake Locker finished the game at quarterback for the Titans.

On Monday, Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said the rookie's injury shouldn't prevent him from playing this week, The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports.

"A lot of it is going to be determined on how much he can throw and how it bothers him," coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. "There is obviously going to be some soreness with it and that's a big part of it."

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Mettenberger has started Tennessee's last five games since replacing Locker. In his five starts, he has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 1,270 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. The Titans have lost all five of his starts.

The Titans are 2-10 on the season and host the Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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