Vince Young, battling a hamstring injury, worked his way back into practice and took approximately half the first-team reps on Thursday.
Young split reps with Kerry Collins, who had all the practice work on Wednesday, as the Tennessee Titans continue preparation for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at LP Field.
Young pulled up limping at the end of a 44-yard scramble in the second quarter of Sunday’s 47-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
“It’s always good to practice. You can’t go out there and think you can just turn it on and do well. That’s not how I think. You’ve got to practice,” Young said.
Teammates were happy that Young was able to get some work in on Thursday.
“He’s doing the things he’s supposed to do. I thought he looked good out there today and was really in tune to everything that was going on yesterday,” tight end Alge Crumpler said.
Asked if he would make the start on Sunday in the pivotal game against the Dolphins, Young said, “I haven’t the slightest idea right now. I couldn’t give you that answer right now.”
But Young did say the hamstring feels good and he is pleased with how far he has come in the five days since suffering the injury.
“It felt good. From pulling it on Sunday to right now on Thursday, it’s kind of crazy to me right now, but God works in mysterious ways,” he said.
Coach Jeff Fisher indicated that Young being able to get back onto the practice field and getting some work in was a big step in the right direction if he is able to play against Miami.
“It was a huge step for him, and hopefully we’ll take another one tomorrow. He still has a lot of time. Today is Thursday, and like we said, he’s been a quick healer,” Fisher said.
Fisher did indicate as well that both the hamstring and Young’s right knee, which cost him practice time last week, are still issues for the quarterback.
The Titans are 6-7 this season, including 6-1 since Young reclaimed the starting quarterback position. Tennessee faces a 7-6 Miami team that also needs to win to stay in the hotly contested AFC wild-card race where seven teams entered the week either 7-6 or 6-7.
“He’s pretty confident in the things he’s doing and he just wants to continue making a positive impact on this team,” Crumpler said.
The Titans, with or without Young under center, know what is at stake on Sunday – only their mere survival in the playoff picture. While they still need loads of outside help down the stretch, job one is taking care of business against the Dolphins.
“It’s a real big game. We need to go out there and seize the opportunity, and we need to go out there on Sunday and play like it is,” linebacker Keith Bulluck said.