Vince Young will have season-ending surgery, Jeff Fisher says
The Vince Young drama is over, at least for now, and so is his season.
Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said that the quarterback will be placed on the injured-reserve list because the thumb injury he suffered Sunday against the Washington Redskins will require surgery. With Kerry Collins out with a calf injury, Rusty Smith, who finished the game, will start Sunday and Chris Simms will sign Tuesday to back him up.
"Our medical staff is recommending surgery to fix the flexor tendon and that would indicate his season would be over," Fisher said. "In the next day or so we'll be putting him on injured reserve and he'll be finished for the year. He may want to get a second opinion, he may want to get two dozen opinions. But our doctors said for his position it needs to be fixed. So we are going to do ahead and do that based on their recommendation.''
Were Young healthy, Smith would still start Sunday after his postgame actions and a locker room incident Sunday. "Had there not been an injury but still his actions after the game, he wouldn't be the starter okay?" said Fisher, who said he had not talked directly to Young about the decision to place him on IR. "But we have an injury that is going to require surgery so we've moved on."
This makes for an interesting dynamic. Owner Bud Adams likes Vince Young. He likes Jeff Fisher and today he said that the two of them have to get along.
"They are going to have to work together. I haven't given up on Vince, and I am sure Fisher hasn't either," Adams, 87, told the Tennessean. "Vince was upset and said some things he regretted after doing it, but you have to get to the bottom of it, straighten it out and move on.
"It is one of those things that happened. It has happened, it is all over with and we want to get Vince back and playing again for us. ... These things happen. I have been at this thing for a long time, about 51 years now. I have seen a lot of things happen and I don't want to go jumping off the building over something happening one time.''
| November 22, 2010; 6:28 PM ET
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