NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterback
''I thought it was football,'' Locker said.
Locker got knocked out of his first start in the NFL on Sunday after hurting his left shoulder tackling Patriots safety Patrick Chung at the end of a fumble return early in the fourth quarter, and the Titans wound up losing 34-13.
Locker reached out for Chung and was hurt at the end of a 49-yard return. Chung had picked up the ball forced out by Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo on a 23-yard reception by
The eighth pick overall in the 2011 draft walked to the sideline holding his left arm up against his body. But he quickly was throwing a ball on the sideline while veteran
''I felt like I could go back in, and I let them know that,'' Locker said. ''The medical staff made the decision they did.''
Locker said he feels good about being able to play at San Diego next week. He will get treatment for his shoulder and expects a decision whether he needs a brace to be made later in the week. Asked if his shoulder was bruised or if he suffered structural damage, Locker had a quick answer.
''Yeah, don't say anything like that,'' he said.
Locker was 23 of 32 for 229 yards with a touchdown and his first career interception. He also finished as Tennessee's leading rusher with 11 yards on two carries.
The Titans trailed 28-10 when Locker was hurt. Titans coach Mike Munchak said that played into his decision to stick with Hasselbeck.
''He should be OK for next week,'' Munchak said.
The Titans already had lost middle linebacker and defensive captain
Washington took a crunching hit that left him prone on the field while Locker was tackling Chung. The receiver said he was OK as he headed to the training room to get checked out afterward. He said he didn't know if he suffered a head injury.
''The training staff will assess that, and we'll go forward from there,'' Washington said. ''I don't know anything about that.''