Vince Young could play in Week 7

Updated: October 19, 2010, 8:48 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vince Young is day to day after tests show only a mildly sprained left knee and ankle, and coach Jeff Fisher says the Tennessee quarterback could play against Philadelphia on Sunday even if he misses a couple practices.

"If you look at ... what happened in the game, I could stand up here and say that he's lucky," Fisher said Tuesday. "He's got just a mild knee sprain, and he's got an ankle sprain. He's sore. As he said, he's a quick healer, and we'll just go with him day to day."

Young thought his season might have ended when hurt Monday night. He was pulled down after recovering a fumbled snap with his left leg twisting underneath him. He was able to walk off the field, and he could be seen making the sign of a cross and praying on the sideline.

Fisher said Young could have played if needed, taking snaps out of the shotgun only because of his limited mobility.

"I would've been like Byron Leftwich at Marshall," Young told a reporter after the game. "But I would have definitely gotten back out there and played for my teammates."

The Titans (4-2) made sure Young didn't have to return, finishing off a 30-3 win in Jacksonville that kept them tied with Houston and Indianapolis atop the AFC South. Young got credit for the victory as the starter, joining Steve McNair, Warren Moon, Dan Pastorini and George Blanda as the only quarterbacks to win 30 games with this franchise.

Fisher said he doesn't know if Young will be able to practice Wednesday and expects the quarterback will be day to day most of the week. Young won't miss much Wednesday if he can't. Practice will be scaled down to a walkthrough to help the Titans recover on a short week, and Fisher said they will see how Young is then.

Young right now is off to his best start yet, completing 61.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and only two interceptions. He ranks fourth in the AFC with a passer rating of 98.8, and Fisher said Young has a good feel for what the Titans are doing.

"It's not unrealistic if he misses a couple days of practice that he still can play. I think he's got a good chance," Fisher said.

With the win, the Titans remain tied atop the AFC South in a vastly different position from a year ago.

Monday night's win in Jacksonville marks the one-year anniversary of Tennessee's 59-0 beat down at New England in the snow, its sixth straight loss to open the 2009 season. Since then, the Titans are 12-4, though their 8-8 finish last season left them out of the playoffs.

Now their challenge may be coming home for a franchise that has won four straight road games, including the last two to end its win-loss-win-loss roller coaster. Tennessee has lost its last two at home in LP Field, and Philadelphia (4-2) comes in also having won two straight with Kevin Kolb at quarterback.

Fisher said the coaches would be doing a disservice to their players if they don't prepare them to see Michael Vick, who's still recovering from a rib injury.

The Titans seem to be putting things together across the board now.

They rank third in the NFL in scoring, averaging 27 points per game. They held the ball a season-high 34 minutes, 25 seconds, and they protected their lead in Jacksonville by putting together their longest scoring drive this season to eat up 7:53 of the clock before Rob Bironas' third field goal to start the fourth quarter.

The Titans did it with the defense forcing four turnovers, giving them seven in this little streak. Michael Griffin and rookie cornerback Alterraun Verner have an interception apiece in each of the two wins, and linebacker Stephen Tulloch also had an interception last week and recovered a fumble in Jacksonville.

This stop at home is the Titans' lone home game in a six-week stretch. They head to San Diego (2-4), return for their bye and then visit Miami (3-2) before playing four of the next five at home. They won't play another AFC South opponent until Nov. 28 when they visit Houston.

"We have to get back to work now," defensive end Jacob Ford said.


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