NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS/AP) – Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young might be out for the season after tearing a tendon in his right thumb and storming out of the stadium minutes after tossing his shoulder pads into the stands.
“Memo to Jeff Fisher: Start looking for another quarterback. I don’t mean this season. I mean for next week. Vince Young’s behavior Sunday convinced me the Titans … and maybe anyone, for that matter … can’t win with the guy,” Judge writes.
As players filed off the sideline, Young was seen undoing his shoulder pads, which he then threw into the stands. He and Titans coach Jeff Fisher talked in the locker room before Young left so quickly a security guard was nearly knocked over.
Titans safety Michael Griffin, also a teammate back at Texas in college, ran after Young in just his shorts. Young brushed him off before heading to the parking lot. Griffin was seen shaking his head as he walked back to the locker room.
Fisher wouldn’t share what was said in the locker room, saying that was between himself, Young and the team. But Fisher said rookie Rusty Smith is his starter now.
“He threw half his uniform in the stands. I think clearly that is no way to respond, and so we have some things that we have to sort out with him,” Fisher said. “He may need surgery. And if that’s the case, he’s done for the year.”
Young’s past personal problems make this story all the more disturbing, notes CBSSports.com’s Josh Katzowitz. In 2008, Young disappeared for a few hours the day after he was booed by fans and tried to take himself out of a game against the Jaguars. Fisher urged him back in, but a few plays later, he injured his knee. The next day, Young was scheduled for an MRI, but he no-showed, and Fisher grew worried enough about Young’s well being to call the police.
Young’s mother said then that he was “hurting inside and out” and that perhaps Young was considering giving up the game. Young’s agent claimed then that the story about Young’s possible emotional problems had been blown out of proportions, but still, that incident two years ago had to be in the back of some of his teammates’ heads as Young walked out of the stadium.
So, how did Fisher feel about everything today?
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, he had “never seen Fisher so upset and willing to call out Vince Young.”
The Tennessean reported Sunday night team officials will discuss Young’s situation Monday. The No. 3 pick overall in 2006 is 30-17 as a starter and is under contract for 2011. This season was seen as Young’s chance to prove he deserved another long-term contract from the team that drafted him.
“I am very disappointed. I think his teammates are disappointed,” Fisher said. “You know, there is going to be frustration in losses. There is going to be times when you have to dig deep and fight and turn to one another. I don’t think you run, and so I am disappointed.”
Titans receiver Nate Washington said they were told to keep their mouths shut.
Young, who had raised his hands almost as if begging fans to boo him after an incompletion on third-and-1 in the first half, tweeted three hours after the game and apologized to his teammates. He wrote he was competitive and “Just want to play.”
It was the final meltdown for the Titans (5-5) as they lost their third straight. Young lost a fumble on the Titans’ opening drive, and they settled for two field goals inside the Washington 20. Randy Moss was so ignored fans started chanting his name when the Titans had first-and-goal.