Young Texts Apology To Titans Coach Fisher
After reflecting upon the events of Sunday's overtime loss that culminated with him walking out on the Titans, quarterback Vince Young texted coach Jeff Fisher an apology Tuesday for his actions and words. Fisher confirmed for reporters that he received the text but that he would have preferred a face-to-face discussion with Young. In the text, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Young thanked Fisher for the opportunity to play for the Titans and wished him and the team good luck for the rest of the season. Young ended the text by asking Fisher to have more faith and confidence in him moving forward, and said that they each wanted the same thing -- to win a Super Bowl.
Asante Samuel Fined $40K For Illegal Hit
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel says he's been fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants receiver Derek Hagan that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. Samuel, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, leads the NFL with seven interceptions. He has 42 career picks in eight seasons, but has never been known for being a physical player. The league has cracked down on hits to the helmet in the last month, with Samuel's fine among the biggest the NFL has handed out.
Ohio State Prez: TCU, Boise State Unworthy
Even if TCU and Boise State run the table, they still don't deserve to be in the BCS title game -- This according to Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee. In an interview with The Associated Press, the president said that TCU and Boise State do not face a difficult enough schedule to play in the national championship game. "Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football," said Gee. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day." Boise State's president says his counterpart at Ohio State's claim that Big Ten and SEC teams play a "murderer's row" schedule "is the greatest exaggeration I think we've heard this year in college football." Dr. Bob Kustra responded to Gee's statement saying, "We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor." Kustra says that in looking at Ohio State's last two schedules, "if they're not playing the Little Sisters of the Poor, they're playing the Little Brothers."
Portis' Groin Injury Lands Redskins' Back On IR
Clinton Portis' season has come to an early end for the second year in a row. Coach Mike Shanahan said that the Washington Redskins running back will be placed on injured reserve with a torn muscle in the lower abdomen. The new injury is just above the area of the torn left groin that caused Portis to miss five games. Last year, he missed the last eight games of the season with a severe concussion. The move could bring an end to Portis' career with the Redskins after seven seasons. The 29-year-old back is 77 yards short of 10,000 for his career and 648 yards shy of John Riggins' franchise record.
Patriots QB Brady Questionable For Lions Game
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who did not participate in practice Tuesday, was listed as questionable for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions in Detroit. Brady has been resting his injured foot and has not participated in the team's opening practice of the week prior to wins over the Steelers and Colts. It was assumed that he would play Thursday. A questionable listing means a player has a 50-50 chance of playing in a game. Brady also was listed with a shoulder injury, as he has been every week in recent seasons.
Mike Heimerdinger Has Cancer
Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger left the team Wednesday and will undergo chemotherapy after a cancer diagnosis, coach Jeff Fisher said after practice. The 58-year-old coordinator had not been feeling well for several weeks. Jeff Fisher said, "Mike is very sick and Mike is going to be, potentially as early as today, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment. I don't know whether or not he'll be back [Thursday] or whether he'll be here inside the facility or whether or not he'll be able to participate in coaching this game." Rookie quarterback Rusty Smith will make his first career start with Vince Young on injured reserve, Kerry Collins still healing and Chris Simms just re-signed. Fisher added, "The Vince Young stuff is behind us. We're going to move on, get ready to play a football game and our guys are going to play hard."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.