The 49ers had a suspicion that injured Titans quarterback Jake Locker might make it back for Sunday's game, and their hunch was right. According to multiple reports out of Tennessee, Locker will start against the 49ers barring a setback.
He's missed the last two games after suffering a hip injury against the Jets in Week 4. Ryan Fitzpatrick filled in as Tennessee's starter in those games - both of them Titans losses. Fitzpatrick has thrown two touchdowns against four interceptions, and he has a 61.2 passer rating.
Locker, meanwhile, won three of the four games he started earlier this season. He's thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions and has a 99 passer rating. Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers knew there was a chance Locker would be back.
"Well, it's not the first time a team's been in the position that way," he said Friday. "So you just do it and prepare for both."
Locker, taken 8th overall in 2011, is one of the five quarterbacks taken ahead of Colin Kaepernick in that draft, and the 49ers quarterback has said he uses that as motivation. He may face at least one of the others, Carolina's Cam Newton, later this season.
Locker played against Harbaugh's Stanford squads four times when he was at Washington. Stanford was 3-1 in those games with Washington's only win coming in 2007 when Locker was a freshman. The others were lopsided wins for Stanford.
"I don't think it's any advantage," Harbaugh said of his collegiate history with Locker.
-- Matt Barrows