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Thanks to a thumb injury (and the fallout surrounding it) Vince Young's season has ended prematurely. To make matters worse, Kerry Collins is also unavailable as he continues his recovery from a leg injury suffered against the Dolphins a couple of weeks ago.
With the two veteran signal-callers sidelined, the seemingly far-fetched opportunity for 2010 6th round draft choice Rusty Smith to get snaps as the Titans' #1 quarterback has presented itself.
Let's take a look at what we should expect from Rusty as he assumes the role of starting QB over the next few weeks.
|Vince Young in happier times.
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.
Titans quarterback Vince Young injured the thumb on his throwing hand in yesterday's ugly loss to the Redskins. Vince was replaced in the third quarter by rookie sixth-round draft pick Rusty Smith.
When asked if [Vince] lost his job regardless of the injury, Fisher said, "Right now he has. There are some things that have to change."
QB John Beck (#3QB), DL Anthony Bryant, G/T Artis Hicks, DL Jeremy Jarmon, S LaRon Landry, LB Perry Riley, CB Carlos Rogers, RB Ryan Torain
WR Kenny Britt, QB Kerry Collins (#3QB), DT Marques Douglas, G Ryan Durand, S Vinny Fuller, S Robert Johnson, T/G Troy Kropog, TE Craig Stevens
The big news for the Redskins was the report yesterday that Landry and Rogers would not be playing. WR Brandon Banksa is active, as is right tackle Jammal Brown.
For the Titans, VInny Fuller was questionable, and questionable players tend to play about half the time. The Titans are sometimes aggressive in playing players, but with Verner playing the slot of late, Fuller's services aren't quite as necessary. Ryan Mouton returns to the lineup after missing last week's game.
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The Tennessee Titans (5-4) will be in search of yet another win against an NFC opponent as they play host to the Washington Redskins (4-5) tomorrow at LP Field.
A victory over the Redskins would mark the Titans' 13th consecutive win over their interconference opposition.
Both teams are looking to wipe the bitter taste of defeat from their mouths on Sunday. The Titans lost an extremely winnable game at Miami last weekend while the entire nation watched a seemingly helpless Redskins' team get throttled by Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles last Monday night.
Up next...a preview and prediction for tomorrow's Titans/Redskins interconference skirmish.
The final injury report is out for Sunday's game, and includes the following names:
OUT: RB Ryan Torain (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring), T Jammal Brown (head), WR Brandon Banks (knee), DE Kedric Golston (elbow), G Artis Hicks (thigh), S LaRon Landry (Achilles), RB Clinton Portis (groin), CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring)
PROBABLE: QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring)
OUT: WR Kenny Britt (hamstring), TE Craig Stevens (knee)
DOUBTFUL: QB Kerry Collins (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: S Vinny Fuller (hamstring)
PROBABLE: DT Tony Brown (knee), S Cortland Finnegan (shin), K Rob Bironas (back)
For the Redskins, the big news is probably at running back, where Ryan Torain is out and anointed Clinton Portis as the starter. As Anthony Brown noted in our Q&A, Portis is by far the superior pass-blocker, where the Redskins need help the most. If right tackle Jammal Brown is unable to go, Jason Babin could be in for another big day. The other name to watch is Brandon Banks, who's primarily the kick returner. The Titans' biggest weakness on special teams this year has been their occasional problem containing opposing kick returners, and Banks is a good one.
For the Titans, the biggest news is by far that Craig Stevens had knee surgery and will be out for a couple weeks. I wrote about the Titans' struggles in the run game on the edge last month, and one of the players I highlighted was Bo Scaife. Casually speaking, it seems that Mike Heimerdinger agreed with me. The last couple weeks, the in-line tight end has very frequently been Craig Stevens, who's a far better blocker than Bo. Bo, meanwhile, has played in-line almost exclusively in two tight end sets or in obvious passing downs, and more frequently has lined up as an H-back in a wing position or in the slot. Even if Redskins DC Jim Haslett does react strongly by doubling Moss, don't be surprised to see CJ struggle trying to get the edge. Oh, and hope Vince Young doesn't get hurt, as I trust no sixth-round rookie who's never taken an NFL snap. Don't be too surprised to see Kerry Collins get the nod as the 3rd quarterback and come in just to take snaps and hand off if VY is ruled out for the game.