NFL notebook

Notes: Jake Locker will start for Titans

Tennessee coach Mike Munchak said quarterback Jake Locker will start against the Dolphins on Sunday barring any setbacks.

Locker worked with the starters Wednesday, and Munchak said the Titans will see how he responds to practicing with the first-team offense.

Backup Matt Hasselbeck also took snaps during the practice.


Locker has missed five straight games after injuring his left, non-throwing shoulder Sept. 30 against Houston.

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He started the first four games, completing 63.2 percent of his passes in going 67 of 106 for 781 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Meanwhile, Hasselbeck said he will appeal a $15,750 fine for a horse collar tackle of Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden in Tennessee’s 51-20 loss to Chicago after a turnover.

Lucky No. 12

The No. 12 jersey worn by Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck during Sunday’s record-setting game against Miami arrived in Canton, Ohio, and will be displayed in the Hall of Fame’s Pro Football Today Gallery.

Luck threw for 433 yards, a single-game rookie record, and tied Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in history to produce four 300-yard games during their rookie season.


Luck also joined nearly three dozen Colts who shaved their heads in a show of support for head coach Chuck Pagano, who is undergoing treatment for a form of leukemia.

Finally on top

A poll of 103 players in The Sporting News regarding the league’s most overrated coach had Jets coach Rex Ryan with 35 votes, beating New England’s Bill Belichick, who had 16.

‘‘My first thought was I looked and saw who was second,’’ Ryan joked. ‘‘Hey, I finally beat Belichick. I got him. I knew it would take time, but I finally got him.’’

A thin line

Eagles right tackle Todd Herremans was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list, another blow to a depleted offensive line. Herremans suffered a dislocated bone and ligament damage in his right foot in Monday’s loss to New Orleans . . . The promising rookie season of Green Bay first-round pick Nick Perry is over after the linebacker was placed on injured reserve with a wrist injury. The Packers also activated tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) from the physically unable to perform list . . . Cornerback Richard Marshall was placed on injured reserve by the Dolphins, who also claimed cornerback Brandon McDonald off waivers . . . Cornerback Walter Thurmond was activated from the physically unable to perform list to Seattle’s active roster, completing his return from two fractures in his lower left leg . . . Atlanta re-signed fullback Mike Cox and released the player who beat him out, Lousaka Polite . . . The Titans will put starting right guard Leroy Harris on injured reserve with a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee . . . The Bills signed cornerback Crezdon Butler and offensive tackle Thomas Welch . . . The Cardinals re-signed defensive end Ronald Talley after placing outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield (ankle) on injured reserve.

Sticky situation

The NFL fined the Chargers $20,000 because it said a member of the equipment staff failed to immediately surrender towels when ordered to do so by a game official against the Broncos on Oct. 15. The Chargers said they will appeal the fine. The NFL also said in a statement that it was determined that San Diego did not violate any rules . . . Jaguars owner Shad Khan doesn’t want to have any ‘‘knee-jerk reactions’’ to his team’s losing ways. The Jaguars have dropped five in a row and are 0-4 at home this season heading into Thursday’s game against Indianapolis . . . Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn admitted to attempting to play through his second concussion of the season, which he believes happened when a defender’s knee struck the back of his helmet in a game against the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 28 . . . Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman might miss Sunday’s game against Houston because of the pending birth of his daughter. Meanwhile Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had this to say on the offense matching their jaw-dropping defense: it’s ‘‘not going to happen.’’ The offense is ‘‘eight, nine years behind those guys.’’ . . . The Packers’ Sunday night game at the Giants will remain in that time slot and not be flexed out.