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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Titans can't quite get VY story straight

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

The Tennessee Titans spent Tuesday contradicting themselves over what went down with Vince Young on Monday.

The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reported the team asked Vince Young to leave headquarters and that Young was upset over the development.

The team reacted directly to Wyatt, issuing this statement:
“Tennessean reports indicating that Vince Young is not welcome at Baptist Sports Park are incorrect. Yesterday, he was informed by a coach at the facility not to attend Monday’s team meeting and was free to leave. The intention was to be able to talk to the team about Young’s situation and how the team would 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.”

But ESPN basically confirmed Wyatt’s report:
"[Jeff] Fisher verified for ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that he told the Titans players that Young had quit on the team the day before and Young wasn't going to be allowed to join his teammates at the facility for the meeting."

“Young needs season-ending surgery on his right thumb and has been put on injured reserve. Since there is no reason for him to be at the facilty, Fisher made it clear that Young is currently not welcome at the facility at the present time.”

Go figure.

Bud Adams has already told Wyatt that he’s not giving up on Young, which means the quarterback will be back at headquarters. But Fisher can make sure Young's rehab takes place in the background, which is usually the case for injured players anyway.

Don’t make a leap and compare this to the summer of 2005 when the Titans forbid Steve McNair from working out at the team facility -- an event that set a grievance in motion that McNair won, which led to his trade to Baltimore.

It’s hardly apples to apples since in this situation, Adams has made it clear VY remains his guy and back then it was evident the Titans were preparing to move on without McNair.