SAN DIEGO_ The Tennessee Titans not only lost to the San Diego Chargers, 33-25, on Sunday, but they also lost starting quarterback Vince Young in the process.
With 6:10 to go in the game, Young scrambled and was hit four yards downfield by Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper. He crumpled and had to be assisted off the field by the team's training staff, leaving with a left ankle sprain, and leaving Kerry Collins to finish the game.
It marked the second time in four games that Young has left due to injury. He originally hurt both his left knee and ankle in an Oct. 18 win at Jacksonville and re-injured the ankle in Sunday's loss.
“It’s very frustrating, I hate putting No. 5 (Collins) in that situation,” said Young, who was sporting a boot on his left foot.
“It is very tough leaving the game, I wanted to be out there with my teammates,” Young added.
Young is scheduled to have the ankle examined on Monday, and his hoping it is not too serious an injury. He sat out last week's win over Philadelphia to rest the injuries suffered against the Jaguars.
“I just re-injured it,” he said. “I have to wait till tomorrow to get it checked out and go from there; hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”
While in the game, Young had a season-high 253 yards passing, hitting on 10 of 21 throws. That included two touchdowns, one of which was a 71-yarder to Nate Washington.
Young even had a key block in springing Chris Johnson's reverse-field 29-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“CJ is a very special back and can always cut back,” Young said. “I saw him cutting it back and I saw a guy down the field and decided to make a block for him.”
It looks as if the bye week couldn’t come at a better time for Young and the Tennessee Titans.