Jake Locker out for season with foot injury - WKRN News 2

Jake Locker out for season with foot injury

Posted: Updated: Nov 11, 2013 03:58 PM CST

There are seven games to go for the Tennessee Titans and they will play them without quarterback Jake Locker, head coach Mike Munchak confirmed Monday afternoon.

Locker suffered a Lisfranc injury to his foot running an option in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.  He stayed in the game for the next play, but was unable to reach Chris Johnson for a handoff resulting in a fumble and one of four Titans turnovers in the game.

After that play, Locker limped to the sideline and eventually the locker room.

He returned to the sideline in the second half on crutches and wearing a walking boot.

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker and will take over for the rest of the season.

Fitzpatrick threw for over 250 yards and almost pulled off a miraculous comeback, but a late fumble sealed the Titans 29-27 loss.

Munchak said he's unsure if Locker will need corrective surgery or when.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with Hendersonville podiatrist Dr. H.H. Nuss who said a Lisfrac injury like Locker suffered is quite common among athletes.

"There's long bones in the front [of the foot] called metatarsals," said Dr. Nuss. "Then there's a group of little bones in the middle of the foot called tarsal bones, and what happens is there's a bunch of ligaments holding these bones together at the foundation of your foot. Sometimes there's a soft-tissue injury where they are torn or stretched, and sometimes there's soft tissue and bony injury."

Lisfrac injuries occur often when heavy objects fall on top of the foot. For athletics, it can happen when a foot is planted and someone steps on the heel.

Locker missed two games earlier in the season after spraining his right hip and knee against the New York Jets.

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