Vince Young will undergo surgery to repair his injured thumb, ending his season a day after a controversial exit following the team's Week 11 loss. The Titans QB has been placed on injured reserve; the team is planning on signing Chris Simms and making the eight-year veteran the backup to rookie Rusty Smith.
Head coach Jeff Fisher said following the team's overtime loss to the Redskins on Sunday that Young would no longer be the team's starter this season, regardless of his health, following a incident in the team's locker room. Young — who had left the game in the third quarter after sustaining the thumb injury — allegedly tossed his shoulder pads into the crowd and left the stadium as soon as the game was completed, which angered Fisher and many Titans players.
"My focus is no longer on Vince Young," Fisher said Monday. "It's on moving forward with this team."
Kerry Collins, who has played in five games this season, is out with a calf injury. Fisher did not say who would start once Collins returns.
The way we see it
Tennessee is falling fast, having lost its last three games. Now with a rookie at QB and AFC South opponents the next three weeks, the team is in make-or-break mode with the season on the line.
Young's future is equally bleak. Fisher has already said he no longer wants the QB as his starter, and now legitimate questions about both Young's physical and mental makeup need to be asked after sustaining another injury.