Whatever happened between Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher and Vince Young on Sunday, it ended with Fisher ripping the starting job from the quarterback.
The Tennessean reported that Fisher and Young had a verbal altercation inside the team's locker room following a 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Young suffered a thumb injury during the game, and Fisher held him out in favor of third-stringer Rusty Smith.
Young threw his shoulder pads into the stands after the game, and was seen by reporters leaving the locker room with safety Michael Griffin chasing after him.
What happened inside the locker room? The Tennessean reported that Fisher told Young not to leave, and that the QB responded by saying he was not running out on his teammates but on his coach.
No one would confirm the specifics of the altercation, but players told the paper of some of the fallout:
- Said TE Bo Scaife: "I am sure (Young) is upset. But what happened is between him and coach. Hopefully they can get some stuff resolved."
- WR Nate Washington: Said players were told to "keep their mouths shut."
Young told ESPN he regretted how he acted, but said he was frustrated with what he saw as a lack of support from Fisher.
Young needs an MRI to determine the extent of his thumb injury, but the future of the Fisher-Young tandem going forward in Tennessee is in jeopardy.
Smith may be in line to start if Young is out of the picture. Backup QB Kerry Collins is dealing with a calf injury that is likely to keep him out at least for next week.
Sean Leahy, USA TODAY