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For the Titans and quarterback Jake Locker, the news isn't great but it could be worse.

After undergoing a number of tests on his injured right hip, indications are the damage isn't as bad as initially feared, and surgery won't be needed.

The third-year pro is expected to miss a month and possibly more depending on rehab, according to those familiar with the situation.

Locker was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's 38-13 win over the Jets when defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples hit him as he threw a pass.

Initial tests at LP Field didn't indicate the hip had popped out of joint, coach Mike Munchak said. Locker was admitted to Saint Thomas Midtown on Sunday afternoon and was released this morning.

Munchak is expected to update Locker's condition during a 1:30 p.m. press conference at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who finished Sunday's game, will take over for Locker. Rusty Smith, currently on the practice squad, could be promoted to the 53-man roster by week's end.

The Titans have the option of placing Locker on Injured Reserve-Recall, which would free up a roster spot.

Players on IR-Recall, however, can't be activated until after eight weeks, and are prohibited from practicing for six of the eight weeks. The Titans aren't sure Locker will need that much time in his recovery.

Locker, who missed five games last season because of a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery, was 18-of-24 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets. In the first four games, Locker is 69-of-111 for 721 yards, six touchdown and no interceptions.

The Titans (3-1) face the Chiefs (4-0) at LP Field this Sunday.

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Titans quarterback Jake Locker remained hospitalized on Monday morning while undergoing more tests on his injured right hip.

Initial indications are the injury isn't as bad as first feared, but the Titans remain unclear of the extent of the damage until they see results of an MRI. At that point it will be determined how much time Locker might miss.

The third-year pro was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's 38-13 win over the Jets when defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples hit him while throwing a pass.

Initial tests at LP Field didn't indicate the hip had popped out of joint, coach Mike Munchak said. Locker was taken to Saint Thomas Medical Center and admitted on Sunday afternoon.

The Titans are preparing for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who finished Sunday's game, to be their starter for a least a few weeks. The Titans are also expected to promote Rusty Smith from the practice squad to the 53-man roster by week's end.

Locker, who missed five games last season because of a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery, was 18-of-24 passing for 149 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets. In the first four games, Locker is 69-of-111 for 721 yards, six touchdown and no interceptions.

The Titans (3-1) face the Chiefs (4-0) at LP Field this Sunday.

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