Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) – Charlie Whitehurst will start at
quarterback for the Tennessee Titans with Jake Locker declared inactive for
Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.
Locker left Tennessee’s Week 5 matchup against Cleveland after hitting his
hand on a helmet while throwing a pass and was listed as questionable, though
he did not practice at all during the week. Whitehurst threw a pair of
touchdown passes in relief in the Titans’ 29-28 loss to the Browns.
Whitehurst also started for an injured Locker at Indianapolis on Sept. 28, but
managed just 177 yards with one touchdown and an interception on 12-of-23
passing in the 41-17 defeat. Locker was sidelined with an injury to his right
Tennessee will have two rookies make their first career starts in Sunday’s
tilt, with second-round pick Bishop Sankey getting the nod at running back and
first-rounder Taylor Lewan subbing in place of Michael Roos at left tackle.
Sankey will see an expanded role with Shonn Greene inactive with a sore
hamstring. Roos was placed on injured reserve Saturday after sustaining a
season-ending right knee injury that required surgery.
Nickel back Coty Sensabaugh and tight end Taylor Thompson also will not play
due to knee injuries.