Former University of Washington star Jake Locker practiced for the first time since dislocating his left, non-throwing shoulder, and coach Mike Munchak said the Titans’ quarterback is on target to return when Tennessee hosts Indianapolis on Oct. 28.
Locker, the No. 8 overall pick in 2011, loosened up Wednesday by throwing a few short balls before working in individual drills.
Locker also threw during seven-on-seven for the defense for his first practice since dislocating his left shoulder Sept. 30 for the second time in four games.
“It was what we hoped he’d be able to handle,” Munchak said. “Now, it’s just to see how sore he got and keep progressing and giving him more to do. He’s a guy you have to hold back. He wants to be out there. In his mind, he’d be able to play tomorrow if he had to play.”
Ex-Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck will start Sunday for the Titans with Locker scheduled to return to the starting lineup against the Colts if there are no setbacks.
Linebacker Aaron Curry returned to practice with the Oakland Raiders for the first time since May after dealing with nagging knee problems.
Curry, the No. 4 overall pick by the Seahawks in 2009, began the season on the physically unable to perform list and was unable to practice for the first six weeks.
He made his first appearance on the field Wednesday, starting a three-week window for Oakland to decide whether to activate him, release him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
“He looked good,” coach Dennis Allen said. “He moved around well. I think the key is to see how he responds tomorrow, and we’ll continue to monitor him as we go through the week.”
Curry was acquired by Oakland last year for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013.
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