MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Vince Young was declared not healthy enough to start on Sunday in a 29-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
But the Titans were forced to go with him, ankle injury and all, when Kerry Collins went out at the end of the first half with a left calf injury.
Young's first series on the game, ended with a fumble, part of a three-turnover day for the Titans – two of which came courtesy of VY.
The defense held Miami to a field goal, but it began a second-half unraveling as the Titans never led after that score.
“It’s frustrating, my fumble in the redzone,” Young added. “These types of things can’t happen, but I feel like we’re OK.”
Young finished 9 of 18 for 92 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The real question of whether Young was OK apparently stemmed from a report by Fox's Jay Glazer that teammates were not too happy that Young elected not to stay in town for the bye week to get his ankle ready to start against the Dolphins.
Players with injuries generally stay and rehab, but it is not mandatory for them to do so. Young was in Austin, Texas, for the opening of his steakhouse during the bye week.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Young said abruptly. “Whoever you got that information from, you have to talk to them, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Young's preparation and commitment were called into question after he missed meetings in preparation for the Pittsburgh Steelers in week two and was benched.
Young certainly seemed mobile enough when he entered the game, even scrambling twice for 14 yards and picking up a first down on one rush.
“He's been resting, and I think they didn't go with him just as a precaution,” left tackle Michael Roos said. “He's been resting for quite a few days and didn't put much on it. I was not surprise he was able to move around, but I was a little worried when he started taking off, thinking a repeat of San Diego.”
Young originally injured his ankle (and knee) Oct. 18 in Jacksonville and sat out one week. He started vs. the Chargers, but re-injured it late in that game.
“He was close. We wanted to give it another week,” Coach Jeff Fisher said of the decision not to start Young. “We didn't want to have any setbacks.”