Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Matt Hasselbeck will draw a second straight start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans when the struggling club hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, head coach Mike Munchak stated on Monday.
Regular signal-caller Jake Locker is still recovering from an injured left shoulder the 2011 first-round draft pick sustained in Tennessee's 38-14 loss at Houston on Sept. 30, and Munchak acknowledged the short turnaround this week played a part in his decision to hold the youngster out another game.
The 37-year-old Hasselbeck struggled in Sunday's 30-7 loss at Minnesota, managing 200 yards and a touchdown with one interception on 26-of-43 passing. The Titans' only points didn't come until the fourth quarter.
Locker posted a 90.2 quarterback rating over his first four NFL starts prior to getting hurt, completing 67-of-106 throws for 781 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. The 24-year-old also ranks second on the team with 67 rushing yards.
Tennessee dropped to 1-4 on the season with its setback to the Vikings.