Jake Locker will miss a second straight start.
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday that with only four days between games it made sense to sit the second-year quarterback a little longer. Locker did not dress for Sunday’s loss at Minnesota because of a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder.
Tennessee plays Pittsburgh, 7:20 p.m. Thursday at LP Field (NFL Network).
“He’s getting better, no doubt about that, which is a good thing,” Munchak said. “… I think the last couple days he really feels a lot better. I think it wouldn’t make any sense to try to hurry him back for Thursday.”
Matt Hasselbeck again will start in place of Locker.
Hasselbeck threw a season-high 49 passes (he completed 29) in a 38-17 loss to the Steelers at Pittsburgh last October. He also lost to the Steelers as the starter with Seattle on Oct. 7, 2007, as well as in Super Bowl XL. The only time he beat Pittsburgh was in 2003.
Rusty Smith again will be the backup.
“If [Locker] can’t start, we won’t have him as a backup,” Munchak said.
In other player news:
• Running back Javon Ringer sustained an injury to the medial collateral ligament in his knee late in Sunday’s contest and is expected to play again this season.
“I guess the good news is that he’ll be out four-six weeks,” Munchak said. “… He [won’t] require surgery. So right now we’ll let it heal on its own and go from there.”
• Middle linebacker Colin McCarthy, who played for the first time since the opener, did not have any setbacks with his injured ankle.
“We took him out in the fourth quarter of the game to get him off the leg because he’d played quite a bit,” Munchak said. “… He missed a tackle or two. He was a little rusty. But it was great having him out there. I think he made a difference.”
• Wide receiver Kenny Britt also played on an injured ankle and figured to be available for Thursday as well.