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Jake Locker (hip) could land on IR/designated to return

Jake Locker's right hip injury is significant, but it's unlikely to end his 2013 season.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Tennessee Titans believe their starting quarterback will miss at least a month with a hip injury sustained Sunday.

One strong possibility, according to a source informed of the injury, is to place Locker on injured reserve/designated to return. That procedural move would open up a roster spot, but it would keep Locker from practicing for at least six weeks. He could return in Week 13.

Coach Mike Munchak told reporters Monday that Locker will have another MRI on Tuesday.

Locker was injured in the third quarter of the Titans' 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.

With Locker down, Ryan Fitzpatrick will step in as the Titans' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. Fitzpatrick has extensive starting experience dating back to his run with the Buffalo Bills. According Rapoport, the Titans also will work out free-agent quarterback David Carr on Tuesday, per a source who has spoken to the player.

The Locker injury is a brutal setback for a 3-1 Titans team that had been picking up serious momentum. Now we wait to see how long they must endure without him.

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