Quarterback Vince Young did not practice on Wednesday because of his injured hamstring, but said he will practice later in the week and has plans to play Sunday when the Tennessee Titans host the Miami Dolphins.
“It’s communication between me and the trainers and the doctors,” Young said. “Like I said, I feel pretty good. I’m just taking it easy to be on the safe side and things like that. I’m just going to take it day-by-day. I’m definitely going to get some practice time in, and things like that, but I’m going to take my time with it. … I want to play. I definitely want to play, but at the same time, it’s day-to-day. All I can do is treat it and take care of it.”
Veteran Kerry Collins took all the first-team reps on Wednesday, while Young watched alongside quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.
Collins said he is approaching this week the same way Young is forced to.
“It’s kind of the same approach as Vince is taking, day by day. We’ll kind of see how he’s doing day to day, and whatever I’m needed to do that day, I’ll do. That will be my approach all the way through Sunday,” Collins said.
Young originally tweaked his hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday’s 47-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams. He had missed practice time on Thursday and all of Friday entering the week with a mild knee problem.
Young’s mobility, or potential lack thereof, will certainly be put to the test by the Dolphins, who have 38 quarterback sacks thus far this season.
“I was hurt last week with a bum knee, and I was still out there moving around,” Young said. “I’m just taking my time and I’m going to stay on the safe side, but at the same time, I will be out there.”
Coach Jeff Fisher is just hopeful that Young can practice on Thursday.
“We’re hoping that he’ll be able to do some things tomorrow,” Fisher said.
Running back Chris Johnson said Young has already told him he plans to be under center on Sunday.
“I expect him to be the quarterback. He told me he was going to play, so I expect him to be out there,” Johnson said.
The trickiest part for Young might be working to get the hamstring back ready to play, and dealing with that. Receiver Nate Washington suffered a grade one pull to his hamstring late in August, but still managed to play some in the opener at Pittsburgh on Sept. 10. He said it was about six weeks or so before his hamstring fully healed.
“Hamstrings are tough. They’re the kind of injury that when you’re just sitting around or walking then you don’t feel anything,” Washington said. “You just want to get back out there so fast, that when you get that little urge to get back out there, you feel that thing grab on you again. It’s kind of discouraging, because you feel like you can do it, but your body is just telling you no.”
Washington said he worked extra away from the facility to get back quicker and that he has seen Young do some of the same things in his treatment.
“I did a lot out of this building. I went home and did a lot of soaking in Epsom Salt and had a lot of massages away from the buildings. It was a long, tiring process actually, waking up in the middle of the night to make sure it was right,” Washington said. Getting into my hot tub at my house during training camp and all that stuff. I stayed on top of it, and I know for a fact that V is staying on top of it. I’ve been with him in a couple of places getting treatment.”