According to a source, quarterback Jake Locker is nearing a return to health with his injured left (non-throwing) shoulder and could be able to play again fairly soon.
Locker, who has been out since Week 4 in Houston, is nearly healed from the fractured bone in his shoulder that came about once the shoulder was dislocated for the second time this year.
That said, the Titans are awaiting the results of an MRI today to determine if Locker might be cleared to play this week against the Miami Dolphins, or if he needs to wait until after the bye week and return Nov. 25 at Jacksonville.
As evidence by Sunday’s 51-20 shellacking from the Bears, the Titans are in need of some sort of spark to save the dying embers of the 2012 season. And Locker needs the experience going forward.
Surgery to fully correct the shoulder problem remains a possibility for Locker in the off-season.
Locker would take back the starting job from Matt Hasselbeck, especially after Sunday's pounding by the Bears.