Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young says he finds it humorous that some people have questioned his toughness.
Young did not start last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of an ankle injury, but came off the bench when Kerry Collins injured his left calf at the end of the first half and was unable to continue.
Young moved around well enough in the second half that it led many to question why didn't start in the first place, and reports to surface calling his dedication and toughness into debate.
“It’s funny,” Young said of his reaction to his detractors. “It’s so funny, but you know everybody’s got their questions and you can ask your own questions, but it is what it is.”
Young said he has been working hard to get back from the injury and took full reps on Wednesday. He is no longer listed on the injury report and will start this week when the Washington Redskins come to LP Field. Young originally injured his left knee and ankle in Jacksonville back on Oct. 18. He missed the following week against Philadelphia, returned against the Chargers, but re-injured the ankle late in the game.
Young said the ankle is still not 100 percent, but is getting better. He also said he continues to get treatment, and is happy to have come as far as he has with his recovery.
“Honestly, if y'all would have seen the game in Jacksonville, that was a tough, tough injury,” Young said. “I don't know how anybody can do some of the things I'm doing right now, fighting hard to get back on the field. Overall, I'm just happy to be even walking. And it's getting better and better. The progress is getting better and better, so I want to keep rehabbing so it can be back to 100 percent.”
As for the decision to start Collins last Sunday, Young indicated that the move was a collective decision. He said the decision to play or not to play last week is a tough one that has to have the team's best interests in mind.
“That goes with any player across the league. You've got to make the right decision,” Young said. “But at the same time, it's definitely what the trainers are saying, what's best for myself and what's best for the team. It's not all about one player. It's what's best for the team and for that player for the long run.”
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he had made the decision earlier in the week that Young would be the second-team quarterback against the Dolphins.
“He could not have been effective on Wednesday,” Fisher explained. “By the time we got to Sunday, there was no doubt he could be a two because I didn't even take him and work him out. We knew he was gonna be a two, and we wanted to wait to make sure he didn't have an issue.”
Young said he agreed with that assessment.
“It goes based off what goes on during the week. Obviously, y'all saw what happened to me Thursday. I couldn't really finish the way I wanted to,” Young said. “Those types of things fall into play of what's best for the team. At the time, it was best for Kerry to start the game, so that's what we went with.”
Collins said he knew on Friday that he would get the call.
“I knew Friday. I had a really good indication Friday that it was gonna be me. I don't think it was still 100 percent, but I knew,” Collins said.