- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 16, 2008

From combined dispatches

The Tennessee Titans are sticking with veteran Kerry Collins as their starting quarterback as long as the team keeps winning.

Coach Jeff Fisher said as much Monday following the Titans’ 24-7 windy win at Cincinnati. The Titans are 2-0 for the first time since 1999, when they made their lone Super Bowl appearance.

“We’re going to get Vince back, get his knee back, work with him, get him back involved in the offense,” Fisher said. “But Kerry’s going to go ahead and play for us until either he struggles or whatever else happens. Yeah, you saw by the way he played. In light of everything, it just makes sense to go with him.”

The Titans had not given any projection for Young’s return from his sprained left knee except to rule him out against Cincinnati.

Outside predictions have said Young could miss up to four weeks. Now that this move is official, it gives Young time to deal with his off-field issues after the team was given information that resulted in a call to police for help finding the quarterback, prompting concern about his mental state.

CHARGERS: Former Maryland linebacker Shawne Merriman had surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee on Monday.

The surgery, performed by Dr. John Uribe in the Miami area, repaired Merriman’s posterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. Merriman will miss the rest of the season.

BROWNS: Defensive end Robaire Smith sustained a potentially season-ending injury to his left Achilles during Sunday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel didn’t provide specifics of Smith’s injury but indicated the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder would be sidelined for an extended period.

FALCONS: Safety Lawyer Milloy has been arrested on DUI and speeding charges in Lawrenceville, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

Authorities say the 34-year-old player was released from jail Monday morning after posting bond of more than $1,600. He was arrested about five hours earlier. A police spokeswoman did not have details on the arrest.

BEARS: One day after Devin Hester suffered a rib injury, coach Lovie Smith had little to say about his special teams star. He said he wasn’t sure when, exactly, it occurred, and offered no timetable for Hester’s return.

“As far as how long he’s going to be out, I’m not going to get into that,” said Smith, who did not rule out Hester playing against Tampa Bay this week.

PANTHERS: Wide receiver Steve Smith is back with the Carolina Panthers after his two-game suspension for breaking teammate Ken Lucas’ nose in a training camp fight.

PATRIOTS: New England re-signed former Navy fullback Kyle Eckel and released tight end Stephen Spach. Eckel had been released by the Patriots on Aug. 26 after playing 12 NFL games, all last season with New England. He rushed 33 times for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

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