Regular folk know that Monday is the worst day of their lives each week, a time when joyous weekend activities are over, and fun is experienced by no one. NFL folk know it as a time for damage control and self-assessment, and we roll on in that vein again here after discovering earlier today that Santonio Holmes won’t be available to an offense that already sucked with Santonio Holmes, and Michael Vick tweaked his knee, but he’s probably alright.
Now we turn our attention to Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who left Tennessee’s loss to Houston yesterday early in the first quarter after just two pass attempts when he suffered a shoulder injury. The news on Locker is the opposite of good, but it’s not catastrophic.
Locker, who also went down with a far less serious shoulder injury back in Week 1 that didn’t require any missed time, will likely sit out “at least a week or two,” according to CBS’ Jason La Canfora.
This won’t effect many of you directly, because despite his high ceiling and strong numbers thus far which include 781 passing yards and a completion percentage of 63.2 percent, Locker’s still reasonably available in the fake free agent pool. He’s owned in only 16.2 percent of ESPN leagues, a number that jumps to 40 percent in Yahoo leagues.
The flier opportunity on Locker remained high even following the most recent waiver period after he threw two touchdowns and had 378 passing yards during a Week 3 win over Detroit. Toss in Locker’s versatility as a runner (he had a 31-yard run against the Lions) and bye weeks rolling along, and it’s even more surprising that his ownership didn’t rise further.
That’s all dashed now in the short term, but there could still be an indirect impact of Locker’s absence, and maybe a positive one.
We’re still not quite sure what Chris Johnson we’ll see going forward, and if it’ll be the old 2009 model we saw yesterday with his flashy jukiness that led to 142 rushing yards, or it it’ll be that other jerk who had only 45 yards through the first three weeks, including four yards on 11 carries back in Week 1. But with a veteran quarterback now in place who’s not nearly as mobile and elusive, it’s reasonable to think that the Titans could lean a little more heavily on CJ to slow the aggressiveness of opposing pass rushers, and give Matt Hasselbeck more time and opportunities in the pocket.
But equally logical reasoning could lead us to forecast Johnson’s demise sans Locker, because if he’ll only go as far as his offensive line is willing to take him, containing the running back becomes a little easier when the quarterback is more statuesque. Ugh?