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No structural damage to Hasselbeck’s elbow

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has no structural damage to his right forearm and elbow. Whether he plays against Tampa Bay will be determined by how comfortable the veteran is throwing the ball.

Coach Mike Munchak says Monday’s tests were negative for fractures and the former Seahawks quarterback’s injury is more of a muscle strain in the forearm. Hasselbeck was hurt during the 23-17 loss in Atlanta when he hit his arm on a defender’s helmet.

Hasselbeck is sore, and Munchak said the veteran will be day-to-day for practice and likely will sit out at least Wednesday.

Whether rookie Jake Locker makes his first career start for Tennessee (5-5) on Sunday remains to be seen.

“He’ll be smart about it to tell us where he’s at,” Munchak said of Hasselbeck. “It’s different when you’re throwing the football. He’ll know pretty good how that arm feels and if he can make all the throws or not. If it gets to that, I’m sure the right decision will be made by us and Matt.”

Hasselbeck was hurt in the third quarter and was 13 of 25 for 124 yards passing with an interception. He also was Tennessee’s leading rusher with a scramble for 17 yards.

But Locker, the eighth overall pick out of Washington, has been getting some extra work the past three weeks on Wednesdays as the Titans tried to give Hasselbeck a little more time off to heal up later in the season.

Locker threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns with a 107.3 passer rating coming off the bench. He also ran once for 11 yards.

Munchak said that extra work gives the Titans, and Hasselbeck, more time before they need to make a decision on who starts.

“Then by Friday obviously you want to have a better feel,” Munchak said.

PETERSON’S STATUS IN QUESTION

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has a high ankle sprain that will put him in a walking boot this week, leaving his availability for Sunday’s game at Atlanta in question.

Coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that Peterson has a Grade 1 sprain, the least severe of three categories, with “a little bit of” ligament damage. But Peterson will wear the boot for a few days to protect the joint and won’t try to practice until Friday to determine if he’ll be able to play against the Falcons.

CUTLER EXPECTED BACK AFTER SURGERY

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler needs surgery for a broken thumb and will be out “for an extended time,” coach Lovie Smith said Monday. He would not say when the operation will take place, just “hopefully fairly quick,” and provided few details about the specific nature of the injury.

“From what I’ve been told right now, we can expect him back at the end of the regular season,” Smith said.

BRADY THROWS 2 TDS; PATRIOTS TOP CHIEFS

The Tom Brady-Rob Gronkowski connection kept clicking. The New England Patriots’ defense and special teams kept rolling, too.

Brady threw two touchdown passes to Gronkowski, Julian Edelman returned a punt 72 yards for another score and Kyle Arrington had two interceptions to help the Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-3, on Monday night in Foxborough, Mass.

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