The Jake Locker era in Tennessee is on hiatus. According to John Glennon via Twitter, the second-year Tennessee Titans quarterback will miss at least one week due to a separated shoulder he suffered in a week four loss to the Houston Texans.
Locker exited the game after a punishing hit drove his shoulder into the ground, and was then replaced by veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Locker went just 0-2 in the game before being forced out.
Locker had previously beaten Hasselbeck for the starting job before the season started, and had entered week four with a 1-2 record as the team's starter. He had also previously injured his non-throwing shoulder earlier in the year, but was able to avoid missing any game action.
While he will miss the Titans' week five battle with the Minnesota Vikings, tests revealed no structural damage to Locker's shoulder, potentially allowing him to return after one week out.
Hasselbeck, a seasoned veteran of 13 years in the NFL, enters week five fresh off of a two-touchdown performance against the Texans.
The 1-3 Titans take on the 3-1 Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.