Young Refused To Play Right Before He Got Hurt

Three quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2006 draft: Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler. Of the three, Leinart has taken the brunt of the criticism during their two-plus years in the league (and that happens when you can’t beat out an old man for a job), but Young’s not far behind.

Vince Young

The former Texas star is still basically a glorified runner who occasionally throws the ball — not with much accuracy, I might add — and who also battles the occasional temper tantrum. And yesterday’s game against the Jaguars perfectly encapsulated all those lovable qualities. Young took himself out of the game, apparently refused to go back in, and when he did, he was promptly injured. God works in mysterious ways, indeed:

For whatever reason, Young appeared unwilling to take the field midway through the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon following his second interception and a resulting cascade of boos from the fans at LP Field.

Eventually, he re-entered the game, only to suffer a knee injury four plays later. His day was done. But the real story was just beginning.

We’ll never know exactly what happened. Titans Coach Jeff Fisher immediately shifted into damage control. Young’s teammates were guarded in their answers to questions about the quarterback.

As for Young, he was observed in the locker room on crutches more than an hour after game’s end but left without speaking to reporters.

According to NFL NETWORK’s Adam Schefter, Young suffered a torn MCL and will be out 2-4 weeks (via PFT). Which means he’ll have roughly a month to pull himself together.

In the meantime, we get to enjoy the comedy stylings of Kerry Collins, who evidently, refuses to go away. That he’s the best pure passer on the Titans, even when Young is completely healthy, probably has everything to do with that. Which is sad, really.