Titans claim Vince Young wasn’t sent home
The NFL’s newest daytime drama continues.
In response to a report from Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean that the Titans told quarterback Vince Young to leave the team’s facility on Monday, the Titans apparently are leaking an alternative version of the events.
According both to Teresa M. Walker of the Associated Press and to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com, an unnamed source said that Young wasn’t asked to leave the facility, but that he was told he “wasn’t needed for a team meeting.”
The fact that, by all appearances, the same source is “getting the word out” regarding a less confrontational version of the story, we think that the Titans are trying to take the steam out of this one, given its similarity to the team’s attempt in 2006 to banish the late Steve McNair from the facility.
Count on more developments like this over the coming weeks, as Young and coach Jeff Fisher engage in a battle for the heart and mind of owner Bud Adams.
UPDATE: The Titans have since issued a statement regarding the situation. “Tennessean reports indicating that Vince Young is not welcome at Baptist Sports Park are incorrect,” the statement reads. “Yesterday, he was informed by a coach at the facility not to attend Monday’s team meeting and was free to leave. The intention was to be able to talk to the team about Young’s situation and how the team would move forward. Players that are on injured reserve are not required to attend team meetings. As of today, he has been placed on injured reserve and all the same rules apply to him as to any other player in that category.”