Titans quarterback Jake Locker was taken to to the locker room after hurting his left shoulder when hit by Jets defensive end Quinton Coples late in the first half, and was questionable to return.
Locker threw deep incomplete to Derek Hagan as Coples came around the corner and knocked the quarterback to the ground. Locker’s left arm got caught underneath. Locker stayed on the ground for a couple minutes before walking off the field and to the locker room, holding his arm against his body.
He returned to the sideline during the third quarter wearing a cap and still in uniform.
Charlie Whitehurst replaced Locker, who was starting with rookie Zach Mettenberger out with a sprained right shoulder. The Titans’ emergency quarterback is wide receiver Kendall Wright, who was deactivated with a broken right hand.
Coples also knocked Locker out of the game the last time these teams met in September 2013. Locker had to be taken off on a stretcher with an injured hip and knee, though he came in 2-0 against the Jets in his career.
Jets safety Calvin Pryor, who hurt his left shoulder early in the second quarter, went to the locker room. He returned for the Jets’ first defensive series in the third quarter.