Despite a solid outing for backup Kerry Collins, it appears that Vince Young will be back in the drivers seat at quarterback for the Titans Sunday when they host the Oakland Raiders. Head coach Jeff Fisher said on Monday that he expects to see Young back under center when the 4-2 Titans take on the Silver and Black in Tennessee.
Young didn’t play Sunday in the Titans wild 38-36 win over the Texans. He suffered a quad injury the week before in the teams loss to the Bucs, and did not practice at full speed all week. “It was a very clear-cut decision we had to make,” Fisher said. “Now we have moved forward and said, ‘OK, you have healed up to the point where you can go, so we expect you to take all the reps on the practice field and we’ll put this behind you.”’
Collins was pretty good against a weak Texans secondary, going 25-for-42 for 280 yards. He hit the big play of the day, a long pass play to Roydell Williams on third down on the teams game-winning drive that put them in field goal position for Rob Bironas, who kicked 8 field goals in the win, including the winner on the last play of the game.
“We’ll be wise about it, and we’ll get him back on the practice field and work him into it,” Fisher said. “But I think two weeks will be sufficient from a healing standpoint to where he won’t re-injure it.” Despite the strong day by Collins, the team had better be careful with Young. A long-term injury to the franchise QB and you can forget about the Titans going very far. Collins is a fill-in at best, and the team needs Young at 100 percent if they plan on being a wild card contender in the AFC this season.