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UPDATED: Wilkerson did 'right thing' on Locker hit, says Rex
After reviewing film of Sunday's 38-13 debacle in Nashville, Rex Ryan said he saw nothing wrong with Muhammad Wilkerson's hit on Jake Locker.
The Titans quarterback was carted off the field with a right hip injury in the third quarter after he was hit by both Wilkerson and Coples as he was attempting to throw a pass to Nate Washington. First, Wilkerson drilled Locker in the chest and then Coples hit him in the back/side area.
Ryan called the injury "unfortunate," but said "in my opinion, I thought Muhammad did what he was supposed to do - lower your target." He added there was no "malicious intent" on the play whatsoever.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that the league is considering fining both Jets players. An NFL spokesman confirmed that any play where there is a question of a violation is reviewed for potential discipline -- and, according to Schefter, the NFL believes Wilkerson led with his helmet and Coples followed with an unnecessary hit after Locker had already gotten rid of the ball.
The Titans QB remained on the ground for several minutes as his teammates gathered around him and the LP Field crowd chanted “Jake! Jake! Jake!” He was replaced by backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
According to The Tennessean, Locker is expected to miss "a month and possibly more depending on rehab." The third-year QB was hospitalized on Sunday and released today.