Young leaves practice early after tweaking injured knee

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 3:16pm

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young tweaked the right knee he injured in the first half of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis during Thursday’s practice in the bubble.

Young was limping after throwing a pass to Lavelle Hawkins during team drills and then fell to the turf and was assisted by team doctors and trainers.

Young had ice placed on the knee and went to the training room for evaluation.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said the team was still looking into the situation, but did not appear to be overly concerned about the injury being serious as Tennessee prepares to host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

“Vince injured his knee in the game, which I think you’re all aware of. He’s been trying to push through practice,” Fisher said. “He just had a little setback, and we just shut him down. He just had a setback, and we’ll tend to him inside and see how he is tomorrow.”

Young said he originally banged his knee on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium during the Titans’ 27-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and was writhing in pain in front of the Titans’ bench at one point, as backup Kerry Collins was warming up.

“We expect he’ll be able to play, but he did not finish practice,” Fisher said.

Tight end Bo Scaife said he spoke to Young after the injury and the quarterback appeared to be OK.

“I think he’s good. I talked to him,” Scaife said.

As for Collins, who was removed as the starter after Tennessee fell to 0-6 at the bye week, he said he is ready if called upon.

“If I’m needed to play, I’ll be ready to go. It hasn’t been that long since I’ve played, and as far as my preparation, I haven’t done anything different since we made the switch. I’ll be ready to go,” Collins said.

Collins said he thought he was close to playing last week when Young banged the knee while making the tackle after an interception.

“I thought it was pretty close,” Collins said. “He looked like he was in a fairly considerable amount of pain. I was getting ready to go, and he came back was able to finish. I stay ready pretty much all the time.”

Young has been a spark for the Titans since re-entering the starting lineup. He has completed 107 of 175 passes for 1,251 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Fisher reiterated that he believes Young should be a go against the Rams.

“He’s an experienced veteran. At this point, I am no more concerned about Vince than I am about the other guys who are trying to work their way back to health,” Fisher said.

As for those other guys, Chris Johnson is at the top of the list, as he was limited on Thursday to rest his sore ankle. Fisher said the Titans are simply be cautious and that Johnson should be good to go.

Fullback Ahmard Hall sat out as he is trying to make his way back from an ankle injury as well, while Jared Cook continues to sit out because of a concussion, though Fisher said he is improving.

Receiver Kenny Britt was added to the injury report with a back injury, but was a full participant on Thursday.

Linebacker Colin Allred was held out of practice again with a hamstring problem, and linebacker David Thornton was rested.

Brown fined

Defensive tackle Tony Brown was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his incident with Colts guard Kyle DeVan on Sunday.

Brown put his hands in DeVan’s facemask and drew a 15-yard penalty as he retaliated for DeVan putting his hands to his face and then shoving him over the pile.

Brown said he did not want to talk about the matter anymore, but indicated that he would pay the fine.



2 Comments on this post:

By: TitansFan035 on 12/10/09 at 3:13

Well and the show begings with Skerry Collins back at the helm.. We may loose again sunday oh well the season is already over right , Fisher!!

By: TharonChandler on 12/10/09 at 3:53

Man, him and Brett Favre will do anything to get out of weekday practice. Actually, a knee injury or any injury is no laughing matter. I actually had some painful knees that was like from being 'flat-footed'. It didn't stop me from getting in the Army and then a doctor there proscribed some 'inserts' for by boots, that cured my weak knees, so far.

Hang tuff Vince Young, back in ya prime, like B Favre.