Titans QB Young to be put on IR

7:21 PM, Nov 22, 2010   |    comments
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Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young will be put on injured reserve in the near future due to a thumb injury, effectively ending his season.

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher indicated on Monday that Young needs surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right thumb, an injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Washington.

"Our medical staff is recommending surgery...and that would indicate his season is over. In the next day or so we are going to put him on injured reserve," Fisher said. "Our doctors said...that it needs to be fixed. So that's what we're going to do based on the recommendation."

Rookie Rusty Smith, who took over after Young hit his throwing hand on a helmet in the third quarter, will assume the starting quarterback role, a nod already given by Fisher as a result of Young's "actions after the game," according to Fisher.

Young, the third overall pick in the 2006 draft, had a career-high 98.6 quarterback rating in nine games this year. He threw for 1,255 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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