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After boos, Titans downplay questions about Young

The Baltimore Sun

If Vince Young isn't sure he wants to play football anymore, he didn't show it yesterday.

The Tennessee Titans quarterback reported to work, watched part of practice with a wrap around his sprained left knee and avoided reporters wanting to talk about his mother's comments indicating he doesn't want to play because of the negativity he has faced since being booed heavily during a 17-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

His coach and teammates are sticking with their quarterback and the official story that whatever happened that prompted coach Jeff Fisher to alert police to help locate Young and check on his emotional well-being was just a misunderstanding.

And no, Young doesn't have to prove his commitment to either Fisher or his teammates.

"He led us to the playoffs last year. We just want him to get healthy and back on the field," Fisher said.

Linebacker Keith Bulluck said he knows Young is fine after speaking with him. The best way they can help the quarterback? Go beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

The quarterback didn't talk to reporters, but Fisher did promise Young will speak "at some point."

Young is the only person who knows what he was thinking Monday when he skipped a magnetic resonance imaging to determine the extent of his sprained medial collateral ligament. Fisher and a psychologist met with the quarterback at his home, then he took off in his Mercedes to eat chicken wings and watch football.

But whatever Young said at home prompted someone to call Fisher, who said Tuesday night that the information he had forced him to act quickly. Yesterday, Fisher called the incident a misunderstanding, but he defended the team's actions.

For now, veteran Kerry Collins will start. The Titans signed Chris Simms as insurance yesterday. Fisher said the starter's job remains Young's, but acknowledged that the quarterback has work to do.

49ers:: Quarterback Alex Smith was placed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his right shoulder, probably ending the former No. 1 draft pick's disappointing four-year career with the club. The top pick in the 2005 draft, Smith had surgery in December to repair three torn ligaments, the product of a separated shoulder from a game in late September 2007. He appeared to be at full strength in training camp, but he experienced severe pain in his shoulder Friday while making a long throw during practice. Smith lost his starting job to J.T. O'Sullivan during the preseason.

Patriots: : Tom Brady tore two ligaments in his left knee when he went down for the season Sunday, but tests have revealed that the quarterback has no other damage, The Boston Globe reported. The 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player is expected to wait a few weeks to let a tear of the medial collateral ligament heal before having surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament, the newspaper said. Barring complications, Brady will need six to nine months to recover.

Jurisprudence: : The for-profit marketing arm of the NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Miami against CBS Interactive over the use of player statistics in fantasy football games. The suit seeks to clarify who controls the statistics that underlie its fantasy football games.

Buccaneers:: Quarterback Jeff Garcia is out of Sunday's home opener against Atlanta because of a sprained ankle he suffered in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. He will be replaced by Brian Griese.

Colts:: Defensive tackle Ed Johnson was arrested early yesterday on a drug possession charge and won't play Sunday.

: Jaguars:: Jacksonville signed free-agent offensive lineman Todd Wade, who was released by the Redskins in the preseason.

Saints:: Receiver Marques Colston had surgery on his left thumb and will miss up to six weeks, a person with direct knowledge of the injury told the Associated Press. Also, defensive tackle Hollis Thomas has been placed on injured reserve with a torn triceps.

Rams:: Receiver Eddie Kennison has re-signed with the team. Kennison, 35, has been inactive since Kansas City released him in February. He is expected to replace Drew Bennett, who broke his left foot Sunday and could be out six weeks.

Obituary: : Sherrill Headrick, a former Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, died of cancer. He was 71. Headrick was selected to five All-American Football League teams and started during the team's AFL title wins in 1962 and 1966.

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