NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
|Jake Locker is scheduled to have foot surgery on a Lisfranc injury on Wednesday. He finished his second season as a starter 111-of-183 passing for 1,256 yards with eight TD passes.|
The third-year pro and second-year starter didn’t let the injury stop him from hosting his inaugural Titans & T-Bones fundraiser on Monday for his Pass It On Foundation that was recently established.
“I am looking forward to getting it fixed and starting the healing process,” Locker said. “I feel confident I’ll come back stronger than I was and I’ll have no side effects from this injury. I’m excited to get out there when I get the opportunity to.”
It will be Locker’s second surgery in 11 months. He had surgery in January on his left, non-throwing shoulder to repair a separation that caused him to miss five starts in 2012.
Locker returned from that operation and fully participated in the Titans’ offseason program. He opened 2013 by leading the Titans to a 3-1 start before suffering hip and knee sprains on Sept. 29 on hits he took in the pocket after he threw a pass. Those injuries caused him to miss two starts, but he worked his way back to the lineup at less than 100 percent for the next two starts.
He said he’s talked to some people who have had or know others who have had Lisfranc injuries and has confidence that the surgery will go well. Locker said teammates have shared their encouragement and wishes for a smooth recovery. The length of the rehab process can be quite varied, he said.
“I think it’s just listening to your body, understanding that you’ve got to be smart and allow things to heal the correct way.” Locker said. “At the same time, you’ve got to be willing to work hard and maybe push your timeline a little bit. Again, you’re listening to your body and making sure you’re doing it at your body’s pace.”
Locker said he is disappointed to miss the rest of this season, but he’ll maintain a positive perspective to get him through the setback.“It’s tough. You always want to be out there for sure,” Locker said. “That’s really frustrating, but I constantly remind myself of all the blessings that I’ve been given in my life that I’m thankful for that don’t have to be as good as they. In my opinion, it’s frustrating, yeah, but to dwell on one setback is the wrong way to look at it.”