Locker out, Hasselbeck to start for Titans against Steelers

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For the second consecutive game, the Titans will start Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback over injured Jake Locker

The Steelers have a long history with Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

He was one of the chief whiners after the Steelers defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, a game in which Hasselbeck started at quarterback.

A cagey veteran now, Hasselbeck is the back-up for second-year QB Jake Locker, but will start for Tennessee Thursday against Pittsburgh. Locker injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the Titans Week 4 loss at Houston.

Hasselbeck started for the Titans (1-4) at Minnesota, going 26-for-43 with 200 yards a touchdown and an interception.

The Titans offense has struggled with both Locker and Hasselbeck under center, averaging just 305 yards and 17.6 points per game. Their 65 yards a game rushing is the stat that stands out, suggesting the Steelers could look to drop into coverage frequently in their short-week game with the Titans.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has already been ruled out, and it is unlikely they'll have left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who went down with a hamstring injury in the Steelers' 16-14 win over Philadelphia in Week 5.

The Steelers do not appear to have any other injuries heading into this game, but more updates will be posted when they are available.

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