The Tennessee Titans confirmed Tuesday that Locker has a sprained hip, an optimistic diagnosis that should allow a midseason return for the quarterback.
"We received reassuring reports from the second MRI today and they confirmed that there was no major damage to Jake Locker's hip joint -- it is classified as a sprained hip," a team statement said. "The area will need time to heal and strengthen, but he won't require surgery and he has already begun a rehab routine for both his hip and knee.
"We certainly would expect him to miss a few weeks, but we are encouraged by the news today."
Locker was injured during the third quarter of Sunday's 38-13 win over the New York Jets after being hit by defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson moments after throwing a pass. Locker was carted off the field and examined before being transferred to a local hospital. He remained overnight and was released Monday.
If Fitzpatrick can pass the baton back to Locker with more than one win, he will have moved mountains.