Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Vince Young said that his injured right quadriceps muscle is feeling better, but coach Jeff Fisher added that if the team’s playoff game against the San Diego Chargers had been played Wednesday that Young likely would not have been able to play.
Asked if Young could have played in a game Wednesday, Fisher replied, “I don’t think so.”
Young also revealed that the quadriceps injury was actually an aggravation of the original injury he suffered in Tampa Bay back on Oct. 14. That injury forced him to miss the Titans’ 38-36 victory in Houston.
“It never, never, never fully healed,” Young said of the injury. “It’s getting better, then I’d get an injury bump, but overall, I feel like the progress is really good right now.”
Young returned to the Tennessee lineup on Oct. 28 and had not missed any more time with the injury until tweaking it against the Colts in the Titans’ 16-10 playoff-clinching victory Sunday night.
Young indicated after the game that he first re-aggravated the injury in the first quarter, then hurt it again in the third quarter, when he called for assistance from the trainers. Backup quarterback Kerry Collins finished the game for Tennessee and directed the Titans to three Rob Bironas field goals to pull out the victory.
Young was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, splitting time with Collins. Fisher said it was important for Young to be involved in some practice work during the week.
“It’s day to day. It’s too hard to make a decision right now,” Fisher said. “We’ll try to get both of them ready to play. He was able to participate in some practice, and that’s essential. We’ll keep him involved on the practice field this week.”
Young, who said he believes he will play on Sunday, said the onus is on him to get as much treatment as possible leading up to the game.
“I really feel like I’m a fast healer,” Young said. “It’s all about myself getting my butt up early in the morning and getting to rehab and things like that. And any time there’s a break from us doing position meetings, going to the training room.”
He was also quizzed about the possibility the injury limited his ability to scramble, but he dismissed that notion with a laugh, saying, “I guess not. I’ve been playing on it since I’ve been hurting. Whatever it takes to win a ballgame, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Collins, who celebrated his 35th birthday with Sunday’s win over Indianapolis, is ready if needed. He added that the added reps throughout the week can only help.
“My preparation won’t be any different, other than I might get some reps this week. From a mental, playbook standpoint, it’s not going to change a whole lot. I’ll prepare as hard as I can and whatever my role is during the week, we’ll see how it pans out.”
As far as the Chargers’ game plans changing depending on which quarterback is in the game, Collins said there will be subtle differences.
“I usually see more coverages and those types of things. For some reason, they don’t spy me as much,” he joked.