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Jake Locker getting closer to a return

Jake Locker

Injured Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker watches from the sideline in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


If you’re a Titans fan in search of a silver lining, here’s one (ignore the huge black cloud that just dropped 12 inches of rain on you).

According to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider, second-year quarterback Jake Locker is nearly healed from a left shoulder injury, and could be back on the field “fairly soon.”

While that’s fairly nebulous as reports go, it’s a shred of positive news, which Titans fans should latch onto, after they were destroyed by the Bears and then set on notice by their owner last night.

Locker’s non-throwing shoulder dislocated for the second time in Week Four, and they’re awaiting results of an MRI today to know precisely when he’ll be ready to go. This week’s game against the Dolphins may still be too soon, especially with a bye week before they return to action Nov. 25 at Jacksonville. He still may need surgery in the offseason, but they don’t know that yet.

They need to make sure he’s well, and not rush him back just because people are getting tight around the offices, fearing for their jobs.