There was a good news/bad news situation for the Tennessee Titans at quarterback on Monday.
The good news is that Vince Young, who finished up Sunday's 29-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, should be able to practice this week and start Sunday against the Washington Redskins as he has mostly recovered from his left ankle injury.
The bad news is that should Young have any other issues with his ankle or any other injury, the Titans won't have backup Kerry Collins available for a while. Collins left Sun Life Stadium on Sunday in a walking boot and will miss this week's game and perhaps more time as well.
“We did an MRI on Kerry Collins. Kerry has a calf injury. He'll probably miss several weeks, so he won't play this week and possibly he won't be available to play the next two,” Fisher said.
That pushes untested rookie Rusty Smith, a sixth-round pick this year, into the No. 2 role for at least this week.
“He has a pretty good feel for the system, and he's got obviously two pretty good quarterbacks ahead of him to look up to,” Fisher said.
Fisher didn't rule out adding veteran for the short term, but when asked if the Titans needed to do so, he said, “Not necessarily.” Chris Simms has previously been with the Titans, but the team did not immediately reach out to re-sign him. Another potential option, Patrick Ramsey, signed with Miami on Monday.
Young came off the bench and completed 9 of 18 passes in the second half for 92 yards with one touchdown, one interception and one fumble. He also scrambled twice for 14 yards.
“Vince was fine. I think we can assume that the ankle injury is behind him. I would expect him to practice this week,” Fisher said.
Fisher said the Titans excused Young over the bye weekend because there was no more treatment needed, only rest. They sent him away that weekend wearing a protective walking boot.
The coach said Collins started over Young primarily because Young was still hobbled during the week, limping as he carried out his fakes.
"It was clear to us in practice on Wednesday and Thursday that he didn't have the mobility," Fisher said. "So much of his accuracy is heavily dependent on his feet. He didn't have the mobility in practice. He was limping as he was trying to carry out fakes and that type of thing.
"I figured giving him another week to heal up would be beneficial for him. I certainly didn't want to put him in the ballgame, and have him re-injure the ankle, and the thought would be that he would miss more time. We're talking about three or four weeks."