Titans quarterback Jake Locker will return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Dolphins unless he has a setback in practice this week, coach Mike Munchak said today.
Locker hasn't played since re-injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder against the Texans on Sept. 30. The shoulder was dislocated twice in the first four games.
Locker was a full participant in today's practice, taking first-team reps for the first time in five weeks.
“I think I have said from the beginning, if we feel he is ready to play physically and mentally, he is our starting quarterback and he’ll start," Munchak said.
The Titans will monitor Locker and make sure he remains sharp and doesn't experience any unexpected soreness, but Munchak said the second-year pro had no issues in today's practice.
“He is very determined," Munchak said. “He has been ready mentally, and now it is a matter of going through the routine and see how that goes.”
Said Locker, who started the first four games of the season: “I feel good. I don’t think they’d give me this opportunity if I didn’t.”
Matt Hasselbeck went 2-3 as the starter in the five games Locker missed.
The Titans (3-6) visit the Dolphins (4-4) at noon Sunday.