Titans' Young on IR, deny he's not welcome

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Nashville - The Tennessee Titans placed Vince Young on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season, and clarified the quarterback's situation with the team.

Young needs surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right thumb, an injury he suffered in Sunday's overtime loss to Washington, and the Titans have signed veteran quarterback Chris Simms to back up rookie Rusty Smith.

Smith took over as quarterback after Young hit his throwing hand on a helmet in the third quarter and is set to assume the starting role -- a nod given by head coach Jeff Fisher as a result of what he called Young's "actions after the game."

On that matter, the Titans said in a statement Tuesday that a report indicating Young is not welcome at the team's practice facility following his outburst after the Washington game was incorrect.

The Titans said Young was told by a coach not to attend a meeting on Monday so that the team could talk about his situation and decide how to move forward.

"Players that are on injured reserve are not required to attend team meetings. As of today, he has been placed on injured reserve and all the same rules apply to him as to any other player in that category," the statement said.

Young, the third overall pick in the 2006 draft, had a career-high 98.6 quarterback rating in nine games this year. He threw for 1,255 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions

The Titans made three other roster moves Tuesday, including the signing of Simms, who last appeared in three games for Denver in 2009 in a limited role behind starter Kyle Orton.

Simms spent the 2008 season with the Titans but completed only 1-of-2 passes for seven yards, serving as the backup to both Young and Kerry Collins.

Tampa Bay originally selected him in the third round of the 2003 draft and the 30-year-old Texas product has thrown for 3,117 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 18 interceptions, during his seven years in the league.

Tennessee also activated linebacker David Thornton from the physically-unable- to perform list. He has compiled 728 tackles and five sacks during his eight years in the league with the Indianapolis Colts and Titans.

The Titans waived guard Ryan Durand on Tuesday, as well.


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