Concerns for Titans’ quarterback prompt search, meeting

Concerns for Titans' quarterback prompt search, meeting (Image 1)

Concerns about the well-being of Tennessee Titans' quarterback Vince Young prompted an overnight meeting at the team's headquarters.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Titans said they received a call from those closest to Young Monday night saying he left his house around 7 p.m. abruptly and without his cell phone in a “state of mind that had them concerned.”

Not having all the facts the Titans said they contacted Metro police to “make them aware of the situation” and “ask for their assistance in locating Vince.”

Police issued a be-on-the-lookout for Young.

Negotiators were placed on standby and special resource officers were called in to check area hotels to see if Young had checked in.

The quarterback was located a time later at a friend's house, the Titans statement said.

Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron confirmed Fisher and Young first made contact around 11 p.m. Monday.

He said Fisher emphasized to Young the importance of meeting face-to-face and requested he come to Baptist Sports Park.

Young arrived just after 11:30 p.m.

After a meeting between Young, police, Fisher and unknown members of the Titans staff, the team said it was determined that initial concerns by friends and family were “unfounded” and Young “returned home without incident.”

Police also confirmed an unloaded pistol was found in the glove compartment of Young's vehicle.

In Tennessee it is not against the law to transport an unloaded firearm with no ammunition present in a motor vehicle.

Police said they do not know whether the gun was registered to Young.

Young's mental health was called into question during Sunday's season-opener against Jacksonville.

He seemed inconsolable after throwing an interception midway through the fourth quarter.

After walking to the sideline through a heavy chorus of boos, Young threw his helmet and sat on a bench with a towel over his head.

After a defensive stop the offense took the field but Young remained on the sideline.

Backup Kerry Collins started taking a couple practice snaps and Fisher pulled off his headset to talk with Young.

The quarterback eventually took the field but four plays later, went down with what was later said to be a sprained left knee.

Tuesday night, Coach Fisher revealed that Young has an MCL sprain and won't play in this weekend's game at Cincinnati.

The head coach said Kerry Collins will start.

The Titans also agreed to terms with the former Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms Tuesday.

Simms will back up Collins and is expected to arrive in Nashville Wednesday.

Young was drafted third overall in the 2006 NFL draft.

He won 17 games in his first two years a starter and last year, led the Titans to a playoff berth.


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