- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 13, 2008

From combined dispatches

The Tennessee Titans called police Monday night for help searching for Vince Young because his therapist told coach Jeff Fisher the quarterback mentioned suicide several times before driving away from his home with a gun.

Both Fisher and Young have said what happened Monday night was overblown by the media. But the supplemental report filed Tuesday by Nashville police showed that Fisher was worried about the quarterback after the call from Young’s therapist.

“I asked him, ‘What made her worry about him?’” Lt. Andrea Swisher wrote. “He stated, ‘His mood, his emotions, he wants to quit, and he mentioned suicide several times.’ He went on to state that he left the house with a gun.”

The Titans declined to comment on details of the report.

The Nashville City Paper obtained the report through a public records request and first reported the details Friday afternoon on its Web site.

Nashville police had been criticized locally for what appeared to be an immediate and strong response to help with a star NFL player. The Titans and Fisher had only said they acted on the information they were given, and Fisher has refused to say what those concerns were.

“Given the totality of the circumstances, the police department continues to believe that it acted responsibly and appropriately in this situation,” police spokesman Don Aaron said.

SAINTS: New Orleans’ defense will be short at least three players who started in Week 1 when the it plays at Washington on Sunday.

Safety Roman Harper, cornerback Randall Gay and linebacker Scott Fujita were unable to practice, and coach Sean Payton said they will not play this weekend.

Harper pulled his right hamstring and Gay his left hamstring during the season-opening 24-20 victory over Tampa Bay last Sunday. Fujita bruised his right knee in the first quarter of that game, but returned to make a clinching interception.

This week, however, the swelling worsened, so trainers and coaches chose to hold him out, meaning the seventh-year veteran will miss only the second game of his career.

GIANTS-JETS: The New York Giants and Jets have canceled negotiations on stadium naming rights with a German insurance company that once had ties to the Nazis.

Allianz had been seeking a deal to put its name on the stadium being built by both teams in the Meadowlands.

The deal could have been worth an estimated $30 million a year. The stadium is scheduled to be completed for the 2010 season.

Allianz once insured Nazi death camps and refused to pay life insurance claims to its Jewish clients - instead granting the proceeds to the Nazis.

CHARGERS: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Denver because of a jammed right big toe.

Tomlinson was hurt during Sunday’s 26-24 loss to Carolina. He returned to practice Friday after sitting out the previous two days.

Coach Norv Turner said Tomlinson took approximately half the practice repetitions.

“I thought there were times he looked tentative and there were times he looked good,” Turner said.

SEAHAWKS: Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant has a cracked bone in his left hand, but it won’t keep him from playing against San Francisco on Sunday.

Trufant hurt his hand when he collided with another player while trying to defend against a pass during practice Thursday.

Trufant practiced Friday with a cast protecting his injured hand.

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