Young becomes Titans' youngest QB to start playoff game

Updated: January 6, 2008, 6:46 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Vince Young's right quadriceps felt good enough Sunday to allow him to become the youngest Tennessee quarterback to start a playoff game.


Young spent about 20 minutes on the field stretching, running and throwing passes before the Titans' AFC wild-card game against the San Diego Chargers to test the right thigh he hurt a week ago in a 16-10 win at Indianapolis.

Young made his playoff debut at 24 years, 233 days, topping Gifford Nielsen's franchise mark. Nielsen was 25 years, 65 days old when he started for the then-Houston Oilers on Dec. 29, 1979, against the Chargers.

Nielsen won that day, with help from five interceptions by the defense. But Young was set to start behind an offensive line featuring five players starting their first postseason game as well.

The Titans deactivated veteran center Kevin Mawae because of an injured left calf that kept him out of his third straight game, and right guard Benji Olson stayed home with his back bothering him. Eugene Amano replaced Mawae, with Daniel Loper starting for Olson.

The Titans started veteran receiver Eric Moulds in place of Roydell Williams, who broke his right ankle in practice earlier this week. They placed Williams on injured reserve and promoted offensive lineman Mike Otto to the roster.

Also inactive for Tennessee were: receivers Mike Williams and Paul Williams, fullback Casey Cramer, linebacker Jorge Cordova and defensive ends Bryce Fisher and Sean Conover.

The much healthier Chargers deactivated fullback Lorenzo Neal, who broke his leg when these teams met Dec. 9, and linebacker Marques Harris (hand). Also inactive were: cornerback Paul Oliver, linebacker Anthony Waters, receiver Malcom Floyd and defensive tackle Brandon McKinney. Charlie Whitehurst was designated as the third quarterback for San Diego.

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