VY could practice this week
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 3:27 pm
By: By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — Vince Young watched his Tennessee Titans improve to 4-0 from the sideline and actually may practice later this week.
Coach Jeff Fisher cautioned Monday against overanalyzing Young’s demeanor during games.
“Let’s just say I’m happy with where he is,” Fisher said. “You do overanalyze at times. ‘He’s sitting on a 6-by-6-by-3 red chest with white tape and letters that say this. He sat on a front edge for the first play, and he moved back a little bit.’ C’mon please.”
Young now has been deactivated for three straight games since spraining his left knee in the opener against Jacksonville, skipping an MRI exam a day later and prompting a police search because of questions over his mental state at that time.
He didn’t travel to Cincinnati in Week 2, watched a win over Houston from the coaches’ box but was on the sideline for Sunday’s 30-17 win over Minnesota.
Fisher said Young knew what was going on and was rooting for his teammates during the team’s victory.
But Young did his rooting mostly from the defensive end of the sideline, sitting on top of an equipment box while the defense was on the field.
He did monitor the offensive play-calling with an earpiece and walked over to listen as Kerry Collins, Chris Simms and coaches discussed what was happening.
“He had a good week of rehab last week, he threw today, we’re hoping to get him involved in practice this week and see where it goes. I’m pleased where he is mentally, emotionally and physically because he’s making strides,” Fisher said of the team’s most visible star.
Fisher said last week that when Young is healthy enough to practice, he will be moved from No. 3 to backup quarterback.
Young came out of the team’s opener with an injury, but earlier in the game, he had drew a chorus of boos from the Nashville crowd due to what some viewed as lackluster play.
For the time being, Fisher has said he will go with Collins as the Titans starting quarterback and with the team 4-0 for the first time in franchise history, there is little room for an argument.
VANDEN BOSCH PEN-ALTY: The Titans got the chance to look at the unnecessary roughness penalty called on end Kyle Vanden Bosch against Gus Frerotte in Sunday’s game.
The penalty gave Minnesota a first-and-goal instead of fourth down.
Coach Jeff Fisher said officials are instructed to err on the side of caution.
“There will be plays like that that we’ll disagree with. It was a legal hit, it was not an illegal hit. It was in the waist area, right in the belt and Pete’s (Morelli) perspective was behind the quarterback, he couldn’t see. He couldn’t see where the contact was made. He just thought he saw something and called it,” Fisher said.
“I’ll live with that because fortunately for us it did not have a huge effect on the game.”
The Vikings did score and pulled to 23-17.
But they got no closer as the Titans’ defense held them in check.
IMPROVING RETURNS: It looks like Chris Carr is shaking off the rust from a shoulder injury that limited him in the preseason.
The man signed away from Oakland in the offseason to help improve punt and kick returns now ranks seventh in the AFC for punt returns averaging 10.6 yards per return with a long of 20.
After his 52-yard return on a kickoff, he now is sixth in the AFC in that category.
He’s averaging 27.1 yards per return.
“Chris makes really good decisions with the ball,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s got good vision, he’s going to take what he can, he’s smart about not taking the big hit and getting separated from the ball because he’s not a big runner in stature. But yesterday was a huge play for us. That return across midfield killed momentum, it gave us a chance to win the game.”