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X-rays negative on QB Young's knee

| Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While defending their quarterback from critics worried about his mental state Monday, the Tennessee Titans had to reschedule a test on Vince Young's sprained left knee.

Detractors claimed Young quit on his team in the season opener.

Young was intercepted midway through the fourth quarter of the 17-10 win over Jacksonville and walked to the sideline to a heavy chorus of boos from the hometown fans. He threw his helmet and sat on a bench with a towel over his head. His defense forced Jacksonville into a three-and-out, and the offense went on the field -- with Young still on the sideline.

Backup Kerry Collins started taking a couple practice snaps, and coach Jeff Fisher pulled off his headset to talk with Young. The quarterback then put on his helmet and took the field. Four plays later, he rolled out on a bootleg and Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith collided with Young's left knee.

Fisher said at his news conference yesterday that they did not have the test results on Young's knee. The team said approximately four hours later that an MRI had to be rescheduled for today. The team promises to release the results then.

Fisher still faced questions about what happened Sunday. As he did then, Fisher said the discussion only involved Young's tight hamstring and whether he could play.

"I think the bigger issue now is his knee," the coach said. "I'd be (more) concerned about his knee than what happened yesterday. Obviously, if you're dealing with a third-degree MCL sprain, you're probably out a couple of weeks and not back to 100 percent for 3-4 weeks."

If Young can't play Sunday at Cincinnati, Collins is the only other quarterback on the roster. Ingle Martin is on the practice squad, and Fisher said no one had been contacted about visiting the team. He also said he had no knowledge of a report that Chris Simms was coming for a visit.

Croyle out

Brodie Croyle has a separated shoulder and Damon Huard will start at quarterback this week against Oakland.

"He's not done for the year," Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said. "It's week-to-week.

Burleson done

Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson is out for the season because of a knee injury. Burleson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while trying to cut outside on a pass pattern on a rain-slicked field in Buffalo on Sunday.

Bennett on the bench

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Drew Bennett fractured his left foot in the first series of Sunday's opener at Philadelphia and will be sidelined at least a month. Coach Scott Linehan didn't think Bennett, who could miss as many as six weeks, would be placed on injured reserve.

Around the league

Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia sprained an ankle during the Buccaneers' season-opening loss at New Orleans and is questionable for this week's home game against Atlanta. ... The Jaguars lost some key players in their season opener. Left guard Vince Manuwai tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee, and will be placed on IR. Right guard Maurice Williams ruptured his right biceps and could join Manuwai on IR. ... Offensive lineman Mike Pollak, the Colts' top draft pick in April, could miss three more weeks after having arthroscropic knee surgery.

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