Young needs surgery, out for season, Fisher says - WKRN News 2

Young needs surgery, out for season, Fisher says

Posted: Updated: Nov 22, 2010 6:13 PM CST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young needs surgery on his right thumb and will be out for the rest of the season, head coach Jeff Fisher said in a press conference Monday afternoon at Baptist Sports Park.

Fisher said the team would be putting Young on injured reserve in the next day or so 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 doctor said that for his position, it needs to be fixed," he said.  "We'll go ahead and do that based on their recommendation."

Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith will start Sunday for the Titans in Houston.

Fisher said the team will be meeting with former third string quarterback Chris Simms Tuesday morning and he will more than likely be the Titans' No. 2 until Kerry Collins gets better.

Young bolted out of LP Field Sunday after exchanging words with Fisher following the team's 19-16 overtime loss to Washington.

He threw his shoulder pads and No. 10 jersey into the stands and left the stadium just minutes later, ignoring both questions from reporters and his old college teammate who tried to talk to him.

After tearing a flexor tendon in the thumb on his throwing hand in the third quarter, Young returned to the sideline with his thumb taped in an effort to return.

Fisher said Monday he never told any of the coaches he wanted to return although it wouldn't have made a difference.

"If I thought Vince could go out and give us the best chance to win then he would have gone back out on the field, but that wasn't the case in my opinion," he said.

"He may have told other people but he did not tell the head coach, the offensive coordinator or the quarterbacks coach so as far as I'm concerned, he didn't tell anybody," he continued.  "He tried to throw the football.  I'm sure most of you saw that, it sailed into the net.  That's enough."

Fisher said the team's focus this week will be getting back to winning football games.

When asked about Young's future with the Titans and his relationship with the former first round pick, he replied, "My focus is on this football team, okay?  He's not going to play any more games for us this year because of the injury, okay?  We can deal with all that when the season is over."

Titans' owner Bud Adams told The Tennessean Monday that he has told both Young and Fisher to work it out and "get this thing settled."

Young is under contract through 2011 and due $8.5 million.

Fisher is also under contract through next season.  He said Monday that he hopes to finish his career in Tennessee.

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