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Titans QB Jake Locker diagnosed with sprained hip

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Titans QB Jake Locker is transported to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 29. Titans QB Jake Locker is transported to St. Thomas Midtown Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 29.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has been diagnosed with a sprained hip following a hard hit in Sunday's game against the New York Jets that landed him in a Nashville hospital overnight.

In a statement Tuesday, the team said:

"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. 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 went down early in the third quarter of a 38-13 win over the Jets when he was first hit by Muhammad Wilkerson and then popped by Quinton Coples.

Head coach Mike Munchak called the hit on his quarterback "totally unnecessary."

The quarterback then spent the night at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital for observation.

In a statement released Monday on the team's Twitter account, Locker said:

"I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the last 24 hours. I am going to work as hard as I can to get back as soon as I can. I believe in this team and will do whatever I can to help us win in the meantime."

If you were in the stands at Sunday's game, you could probably hear the crowd yell Locker's name as he was carted off the field, but not many realized just how badly he was hurt.

"It didn't look like that bad of a hit," Patricia Barwick said.

"He got hit from one way and then got hit below coming the other way," Travis Gilbert said. "I really didn't think it looked that bad, but you can tell he grabbed his hip when it happened."

While most of the fans say they're rallying around Locker and hoping he'll make a full recovery, they are putting just as much faith into backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick - confident he can lead the team for the rest of the season, if necessary.

"I think we still can make the playoffs and possibly go 11-5," Carl Owens said, "with Fitzpatrick as backup quarterback. He's a professional."

"Fitzpatrick is well enough, and I think he's a good enough quarterback to where that won't make a difference," said Nate Moore. "The defense is playing tough, and the running game is going. So, I think the Titans will be just fine."

Fitzpatrick will replace Locker in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, who come into Nashville with a 4-0 record.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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