Bill Carey
Tuesday October 1st, 2013

Titans quarterback Jake Locker was carted off after spraining his hip Sunday. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Titans quarterback Jake Locker was carted off after spraining his hip Sunday. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

After Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker was carted off the field Sunday, initial reports said he could be out for eight weeks.

But the team received positive news Tuesday. Locker will not need surgery on his injured hip and should miss only a few weeks, the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reported. 

NFL.com's Ian Rapaport reported on Twitter that Locker's sprained hip will need rehab but that his MRI showed no serious damage. NFL.com's Albert Breer reported that Locker will likely miss Tennessee's next three games and return after the team's Week 8 bye.

A quick return would be a boost for the Titans. Tennessee is off to a 3-1 start and tied with Indianapolis for first in the AFC South Division. Locker has been instrumental. This season was his chance to prove he can be a franchise quarterback. Through four weeks, he has looked worthy of his status as the Titans' first-round pick in 2011.

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Locker has completed 62 percent of his passes and thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions this year. It has been a big step from his up-and-down play in his first two seasons. Before his injury on Sunday, Locker was 18-of-24 for 149 yards, with a career-high three touchdown passes. Until he returns, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will start for the Titans.

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