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Young no longer the Titans' starter

Vince Young is out as the Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback after injuring his thumb and throwing his pads into the stands after a 19-16 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Young bolted out of the stadium with safety Michael Griffin chasing him, only to be brushed aside.

According to a source, there was a confrontation of some sort between Fisher and Young in the locker room after the game, right before the quarterback bolted out of the locker room and was pursued by Griffin.

The source indicated that Fisher asked Young not to "quit" on the team by walking out, and Young responded that he wasn't, but was "quitting" on Fisher.

Another source indicated that there was no real serious altercation between the two, but that Young "just flipped out" before leaving the locker room.

Officially, Fisher said Young has an injured thumb that might require surgery.

"Vince has a torn flexor tendon in his thumb and I was not satisfied wtih his ability to control the ball, so I stayed with Rusty (Smith)," Fisher said. "(Young) never came to me and said he was OK and wanted to go back in, and I was told that he was obviously a little upset after. I was also told that he threw half his uniform in the stands. I think clearly that is no way to respond, and so we have some things to sort out with him."

The most likely option is for Young to be placed on injured reserve for this season is surgery is required on his thumb. But given the situation and Fisher's demeanor afterward, Young may have played his last down as a Titan - barring owner Bud Adams stepping in again on his behalf.

With Kerry Collins out with a calf injury, rookie Rusty Smith - who finished up Sunday - will likely start next week in Houston.

Receiver Nate Washington said as far as the Young situation is concerned, "We were told to keep our mouths shut, and that's what I'm gonna do."

Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger also declined to speak of Young's situation, deferring to Fisher.

Fisher said he was especially disappointed with Young's reaction.

"I am very disappointed. I think his teammates are disappointed," Fisher said. "You know, there is going to be frustration in losses. There is going to be. There are times when you have to dig deep and fight and turn to one another. I don't think you run, and so I am disappointed."

Young threw the ball and took shotgun snaps on the sideline, but did not return to the game. Smith went 3-for-9 for 62 yards and an interception. He also had a TD pass to Randy Moss nullified by an offensive pass interference call.

Fisher indicated that even without the injury, Young would have been benched. At one point in the first half, the Titans offense was booed after failing to convert on third down. Young waved his arms up and down, inviting the crowd to boo louder.

In the season opener in 2008, Young was booed after an interception and refused to go back into the game.

"There are some things that need to change, but again, you know what went on there is between us," Fisher said.

General manager Mike Reinfeldt said the Titans would likely be calling Chris Simms and working out other quarterbacks with the possibility of putting another one on the practice squad.

“We'll look at quarterbacks, and get some in probably tomorrow or Tuesday," Reinfeldt said. "(Simms is) certainly on the list. We could even get a veteran and a rookie, so we'll get a couple in.”

Griffin denied that he was in the tunnel pursuing Young, his former University of Texas teammate, when approached by reporters about the matter.

“What you mean afterward? I don't know what y'all are talking about,” Griffin said. “Y'all didn't see me do that.

“I was sitting in there (in the training room). I was hurt. I'm out next week. My ankle's hurt.”

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