Titans QB Locker taken to hospital with hip injury

Titans QB Locker taken to hospital with hip injury
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) is taken off the field after being injured in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans quarterback Jake Locker was carted off the field and taken to the hospital by ambulance Sunday after hurting his right hip early in the third quarter against the New York Jets.

Locker, who starred at Ferndale High School and the University of Washington, had just thrown an incomplete pass to Nate Washington when Muhammad Wilkerson hit the quarterback in the chest, and then Quinton Coples popped Locker in the side. Locker grabbed at his right hip area as he went to the ground with 11:14 left in the third quarter. He was carted to the locker room with his right leg straight out. Locker was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Titans coach Mike Munchak said they did not know the extent of the injury when he talked with reporters after a 38-13 victory over the Jets.

"He was in pain, and we don't know much more than that," he said. "He went to the hospital. They're checking on him now, so we'll get more information later. That's all we really have."

Munchak said nothing had popped out in the hip, but Locker was having pain in his leg.

Locker already had the first three-touchdown game of his career when he left, and he was 18 of 24 for 149 yards.

"This is the worst I've felt after a victory like this in a long time," Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I know he was hurt. If he misses one play in the game, then he was in pain."

Wilkerson said he didn't know at first that Locker was hurt. The Jets defensive end said he took a step before hitting Locker and that the ref even told him it a clean hit.

"If it was late, the ref would have thrown a flag," Wilkerson said. "They didn't throw a flag."

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker and was 3 of 8 for 108 yards with a touchdown pass.