NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Locker has passed his practice test, doing what the Titans wanted all week and increasing his work each day.
Now the decision on who starts against San Francisco on Sunday rests with coaches, trainers and the quarterback himself.
“We haven’t decided yet. We’re not really leaning any way,” Munchak said Friday after practice. “Jake is doing well. He did everything today we wanted him to do. Now, we’ll spend some time with him and talk as an offense and decide what is the best thing to do for Sunday.”
Munchak said the challenge now is deciding if Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick starts. Locker will have a big say in the discussions, and Munchak said they need to finish up some talks and make a decision.
“We really want to get a feel for what he feels he can do well and what his limitations may or may not be,” Munchak said of Locker. “I thought on the field he handled himself really well. He got a little more confidence every day, and I think both of them have gotten enough reps where either one of them could play and be ready to play on Sunday.”
Locker sprained his right hip and knee Sept. 29 in a win over the Jets and has missed two games, both losses dropping the Titans to 3-3. Locker has to be mobile enough to protect himself against the 49ers (4-2). The Titans have a bye next week, which would give Locker more time to be healthier for their next game Nov. 3 at St. Louis.
He got a slight majority of the reps in the practice, but Munchak indicated the Titans did more work to make sure Fitzpatrick got the usual amount of reps for a starting quarterback as well. Now the Titans need to see how Locker feels Saturday when he comes in for the team’s walk-through session.
“All indications are that he’s been handling the work, and now we’ve just got to decide what’s best,” Munchak said.
General manager Ruston Webster said later Friday that he is optimistic Locker can play Sunday during his weekly radio show on 104.5 The Zone WGFX-FM.
The Titans also have a chance running back Shonn Greene plays Sunday for the first time since hurting his right knee in the season opener. Greene practiced all week and is questionable along with linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring), defensive end Derrick Morgan (shoulder), backup center Rob Turner (shoulder) and defensive end Lavar Edwards (shoulder).
Safety Bernard Pollard practiced Friday after resting his sore ankle for two days. He is probable for Sunday along with cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), right tackle David Stewart (ankle), running back Jackie Battle (neck) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (ankle).
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