NFL NOTEBOOK: Another injury for Locker

The Associated PressNovember 11, 2013 

Titans quarterback Jake Locker says he was sick of leaving games with injuries, so he stuck around for one more play after hurting his right foot against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now Locker has to wait and see if his season is over.

“You hope and pray that it’s not and just hope for the best,” Locker said.

The former University of Washington standout ran an option play in the second quarter Sunday and was hit by Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen. Locker said he wasn’t sure if he caught his foot or someone landed on him. But Locker limped back to the huddle and turned the ball over on the next play when he was so hobbled he couldn’t hand off cleanly to Chris Johnson.

Coach Mike Munchak noted that turnover cost the Titans at least a chance at a field goal. He said they thought Locker was shaking it off and didn’t realize how hurt the quarterback was until the next play.

Locker will have more tests Monday to determine the extent of his injured foot that had him on crutches and wearing a walking boot. The Titans (4-5) will play host to Indianapolis (6-3) on Thursday night.

“I can’t imagine in four days he’d able to play as sore as he was,” Munchak said of Locker.

Locker initially sprained his right hip and knee Sept. 29 against the Jets, costing him two games. He also missed five games last season with an injured non-throwing shoulder.

Two other starting quarterbacks also had to come out of their games Sunday afternoon.

Already without franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers because of a left collarbone injury, the Packers lost backup Seneca Wallace to a groin injury at Lambeau Field.

And in Chicago, Jay Cutler threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in his first action since he injured his groin last month. He looked progressively worse as the game wore on and departed before the Bears’ final drive with what the team said was an ankle injury.

INCOGNITO REVEALS MORE

Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito says teammate Jonathan Martin sent him a threatening text message as an apparent joke only a week before their relationship became the subject of a harassment case that has prompted an NFL investigation.

In an interview with Fox Sports televised Sunday, Incognito said he never took the threat seriously. Incognito said he regrets the racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker-room “brotherhood,” not bullying.

“A week before this went down, Jonathan Martin texted me on my phone — ‘I will murder your whole ... family,’ ” Incognito said, quoting Martin as using a profanity. “Now did I think Jonathan Martin was going to murder my family? Not one bit. … I knew it was coming from a brother. … That just puts in context how we communicate with one another.”

Incognito’s phone showed 1,142 text messages between the two players over the past year, Fox reported.

EXTRA POINTS

Dallas tackles leader Sean Lee left the Cowboys’ game Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints because of a hamstring injury. Lee entered Week 10 with 90 tackles, which was tied for the most in the NFL. … Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger called a report he may seek a trade in the offseason “ridiculous.” “I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “… I’ve always said that I want to be a Steeler for life. I love it here.”

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