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    Week 4

    NFL notes: Titans QB Jake Locker needs more tests

    Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker is out with a hip injury, and coach Mike Munchak doesn’t know for how long.

    One thing is certain. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Titans or Locker.

    The coach said Monday that Locker will have another MRI Tuesday to diagnose the extent of the injury he suffered Sunday in a 38-13 victory over the Jets. Munchak said Locker also sprained his right knee on the hit.


    Tennessee (3-1), which went 6-10 last year behind Locker, will go with former Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in Sunday’s game against Kansas City (4-0).

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    The Titans signed Fitzpatrick in March to a two-year deal, and right now he’s the only other quarterback on the roster. Rusty Smith, a four-year veteran, currently is on the practice squad.

    Locker spent the night in the hospital after being injured in the third quarter Sunday. Locker was hit first by Muhammad Wilkerson and pinballed off Quinton Coples before grabbing at his hip as he went to the ground.

    Freeman: I have ADHD

    Benched Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman says he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and voluntarily entered the NFL substance-abuse program more than a year ago after mistakenly taking a medication to treat the condition.

    Freeman said Monday in a statement released by his agent that he has passed all 46 NFL drug tests he’s taken since once using Ritalin instead of Adderall to treat ADHD.


    The fifth-year pro, who was benched last Wednesday after leading the Bucs to an 0-3 start, said he has been ‘‘prescribed and permitted to take medication’’ to treat ADHD for the entirety of his NFL career.

    Jets’ Smith apologizes

    Geno Smith walked up to his teammates on the Jets’ defense after another turnover-filled performance in the Jets’ 38-13 loss at Tennessee and said he was sorry for two more interceptions, two more fumbles, and, for letting another game slip away.

    “I felt that I owed the defense an apology,’’ the rookie quarterback said Monday. ‘‘I just wanted to talk to those guys and let them know that I was aware of my mistakes and that I wanted to clean them up and that I will clean them up.’’

    Smith has eight interceptions and three lost fumbles, tying him with the Giants’ Eli Manning for most turnovers in the league.

    Despite Smith’s struggles, coach Rex Ryan isn’t considering benching him for inexperienced Matt Simms or veteran Brady Quinn.


    ‘‘It’s not a thought at this point right now,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘Not a thought.’’

    Hoyer gets Thursday start

    Browns coach Rob Chudzinski ended any mystery — if there was any — by saying Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback for Thursday’s game against the Bills. Although Brandon Weeden has been cleared to play after being sidelined with a sprained right thumb, Chudzinski is sticking with Hoyer, who led the Browns (2-2) to a 17-6 win over Cincinnati on Sunday . . . The Browns waived running back Montario Hardesty, a second-round pick in 2010 whose career has been plagued by injuries. Hardesty appeared in 23 games over three seasons with Cleveland, which traded three draft picks to move up and select him with the No. 59 overall selection . . . The Bills’ C.J. Spiller projects he can play Thursday if his swollen left ankle gets to 80 percent, fellow running back Fred Jackson said he intends to wear a brace protecting his sprained left knee, and starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin wants to test his pulled right hamstring in practice before declaring himself ready.

    No suspension for Goldson

    Dashon Goldson won’t be suspended for his high hit on Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown, but the Tampa Bay safety could be fined. Merton Hanks, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, said the play is being examined for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Any fine figures to be hefty after Goldson was docked $30,000 for a hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland in Week 1 and $100,000 for a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles in Week 2. Since the 2009 season, Goldson has been called for a league-high 16 personal fouls . . . Linebacker Bjoern Werner, the Colts’ first-round pick in April, will miss four to six weeks after tearing the plantar fascia during Sunday’s 37-3 victory at Jacksonville . . . Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is expected to be able to practice this week after being carted off on a stretcher in Houston . . . Chargers outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, 33, has a torn quadriceps that could sideline him for several weeks . . . The Chargers-Raiders game Sunday was moved from 1:25 p.m. PDT to 8:35 p.m. to give enough time to convert the Oakland Coliseum from baseball to football after the Athletics host a playoff game on Saturday night.