Titans to place Vince Young on injured reserve

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Vince Young  of the Tennessee Titans grimaces in pain during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The first step in ensuring that quarterback Vince Young never takes another snap in Tennessee has just been taken.

Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher told the media on Monday that the team will place Young on injured reserve. Young tore a tendon in his thumb in an overtime loss to the Redskins on Sunday and afterwards Fisher said that the quarterback wouldn’t retain his job whether he needed surgery or not. Rusty Smith, who replaced Young on Sunday, will remain the starter and Chris Simms was signed as his backup.

Owner Bud Adams is still a VY fan but it’s apparent that Fisher is not. The two of them got into a “verbal confrontation” following the loss to Washington and Young apparently berated Fisher under his breath as the coach was trying to address the team in the locker room. Young also reportedly tossed his shoulder pads into the stands at LP Field.

Adams has since stated that Young will definitely be a Titan in 2011, but that remains to be seen. He’s due a roster bonus of $4.25 million and if Fisher has no plans to start the 27-year-old next year, then the Titans could be forced to trade or waive him in the offseason. It doesn’t make sense to pay that much money (he’s also owed over $8 million in base salary next year) to a backup that’ll never see the field.

Placing Young on I.R. is only the tip of the iceberg.

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