Mike Munchak expects Matt Hasselbeck to start at quarterback when the Tennessee Titans face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
“Well we are thinking that way,” the Titans coach said following Thursday’s practice. “… Matt has been good all year, he has had some bumps and bruises, but it’s nothing that looks like it’s going to be that bad. It all depends on how he feels under center and backing up and doing those things, and we will probably get a better feel for that [Friday].”
Rookie Jake Locker got the majority of work in Thursday’s practice. He was limited on Wednesday by soreness that resulted from a hit he took in the fourth quarter Sunday against New Orleans.
Hasselbeck did not participate at all on Wednesday because of a calf strain sustained early in the Saints game but took part on a limited basis Thursday. He was expected to take part in at least a portion of Friday’s workout.
“I don’t think that the reps are as important as how he is feeling,” Munchak said. “I think he is comfortable and he likes to make all of the throws, and ideally he would like to take every snap all week long if he could but that wouldn’t concern us unless obviously he was having soreness and we felt that he was limited in some way, pushing off, making throws, backing up, that would concern us more than not getting reps.”
Offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said he has put together separate game plans for Hasselbeck and Locker in the event that either one starts or both are forced to play against the Colts.
Munchak said he expects to know his starter by the end of the day Friday but that a decision was not necessary at that time.
“We would still have 48 hours but if [Hasselbeck] is struggling then at least we may have an indication of which way we have to go,” Munchak said. “So far it has gone the way we thought and so we are assuming that will be the case. If he has a setback [Friday] or Saturday then we will reevaluate.
“Jake (Locker) will prepare like he is the starter also. He is obviously taking advantage of the reps he got [Thursday], taking the majority of them. That’s good for Jake that he is ready to go and if [Hasselbeck] is not. We feel comfortable either way.”