NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Vince Young is hurt and in trouble with coach Jeff Fisher for his latest meltdown. Meanwhile, Donovan McNabb is back in good standing with Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins.
McNabb was 30 of 50 for 376 yards with a touchdown pass, and Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 8:17 left in overtime as the Redskins beat the Tennessee Titans 19-16 in overtime Sunday.
The win kept the injury-riddled Redskins‘ faint playoff hopes alive as they rebounded from an ugly home loss.
Washington (5-5) snapped a two-game skid and bounced back from a 59-28 loss to Philadelphia on Monday night.
They did it by taking advantage of the Titans self-destructing so badly on their home field that fans booed repeatedly.
But after Gano’s game-winning kick, all the attention turned to Young who tossed his shoulder pads and No. 10 jersey up into the stands. Young talked with Fisher, dressed quickly and walked past reporters and even brushed off a teammate who tried to talk to him before he stormed out of the stadium.
Young tweeted nearly three hours later that he was fine and “sorry to my teammates.” He then tweeted “Just want to play.”
Fisher said Young may need season-ending surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right thumb. After three straight losses, Fisher selected rookie Rusty Smith to be his starting quarterback when the Titans (5-5) visit Houston on Sunday.
“He threw half his uniform in the stands. I think clearly that is no way to respond, and so we have some things that we have to sort out with him,” Fisher said of Young. “He may need surgery. And if that’s the case, he’s done for the year.”
Even if Young doesn’t need surgery, he’s not Fisher’s starter anymore. Not after the latest actions of a quarterback who lost his job in 2008 following an injury in the season opener and a meltdown where he had family worried he might hurt himself a day later. Young got his job back last season after an 0-6 start.
“I am very disappointed. I think his teammates are disappointed,” Fisher said. “You know, there is going to be frustration in losses. There is going to be times when you have to dig deep and fight and turn to one another. I don’t think you run, and so I am disappointed.”
“That is between me and him and the team,” Fisher said.
Titans receiver Nate Washington said they were told to keep their mouths shut.
No one knows if Young was upset over the injury, the loss or not returning to the game.