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Adams throws support to Young

Titans boss wants fresh face at QB

Vince Young has only played in mop-up duty this season, but the mobile QB may be in line for his first start Sunday. Vince Young has only played in mop-up duty this season, but the mobile QB may be in line for his first start Sunday. (Wade Payne/Associated Press
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Associated Press / October 28, 2009

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Jeff Fisher has stayed away from a quarterback controversy all through the Tennessee Titans’ dreadful start.

Now, team owner Bud Adams reportedly wants a change.

Adams informed Fisher he wants Vince Young to start over Kerry Collins this weekend against Jacksonville, according to the Tennessean. The Nashville newspaper cited sources yesterday that Adams apparently told the coach his preference after the Titans lost to New England, 59-0, Oct. 18 and became more insistent during the bye week.

A call to Adams’s Houston office was referred to the team’s media relations department in Nashville. A message was not immediately returned.

Fisher declined Monday to say who his starter will be Sunday for “competitive reasons.’’ He had stuck with Collins throughout the 0-6 start as the best chance to win.

The Titans practiced yesterday and had their first team meetings since returning from their bye.

Collins had not been told of any change when the Titans last spoke with reporters nearly a week ago.

But the Titans are one of three remaining winless teams in the league - St. Louis and Tampa Bay are both 0-7. Fisher wants to shake up things for a team that has lost eight straight games since last season, when Tennessee sprinted out to a 10-0 start en route to the NFL’s best mark at 13-3.

The Titans are last in the NFL in time of possession and haven’t scored a touchdown in eight quarters.

Collins has completed 108 of 197 passes with five touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Young is 0 of 5 with one interception in mop-up duty in each of the past two losses.

Silence on Stafford
Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn’t about to tip his hand about the recovery of quarterback Matt Stafford.

Stafford wasn’t much more forthcoming himself as the Lions returned to practice Tuesday after their bye week.

The rookie quarterback has missed the last two games with a knee injury, and with backup Daunte Culpepper (hamstring) also at less than 100 percent, Schwartz is going to make the Rams try to prepare for Stafford, Culpepper, and third-stringer Drew Stanton.

“Absolutely nothing,’’ said Schwartz, when asked what he would reveal about Stafford’s participation in practice. “I do think the bye came at a good time for getting people healthier, and everyone was able to at least do something, but that’s as far as I will go.’’

Stafford took part in the individual drills that are open to the media, but acknowledged that he wasn’t fully involved in the full-team portion of the session.

“I was limited,’’ he said.

LJ apologizes for slur
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson issued his second apology in 12 months and was told to stay away from the team while the NFL and the Chiefs complete their investigation into his use of a gay slur.

As Johnson was releasing his apology, a national gay rights advocacy organization called on the league and the team to take disciplinary action against the two-time Pro Bowler.

The latest chapter in Johnson’s stormy career began Sunday night when he questioned coach Todd Haley’s football credentials on his Twitter account.

He used the slur during an exchange with one of his Twitter followers. A day later, he used it again as he brushed off reporters and told them he would not comment, according to the Kansas City Star, which recorded the comment.

“I regret my actions. The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate,’’ he said through a spokesman. “I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said.’’

The apology sounded similar to one he made almost exactly a year ago after one woman accused him of throwing a drink on her and another said he had pushed her. The incidents happened separately in Kansas City nightclubs and led to his being sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of disturbing the peace.

Cooley stays positive
There’s a chance Chris Cooley will be back this season after all. A doctor’s second opinion on the Redskins tight end’s broken right ankle gave Cooley hope that he can return to the field in a month. The two-time Pro Bowl player will have surgery today, and he gave details via his Twitter feed: “3 pins go in the ankle tomorrow. Hopefully be back in 4 weeks. Thanks for all the support.’’ . . . The 49ers lost right tackle Tony Pashos for the season with a broken left shoulder blade. The veteran offensive lineman was hurt during Sunday’s 24-21 loss at Houston . . . Former Saints running back Aaron Stecker signed with the Falcons ahead of Monday night’s game in New Orleans. The Falcons were without fullback Ovie Mughelli and backup running back Jerious Norwood because of injuries in Sunday’s loss at Dallas . . . The Jets re-signed cornerback-kick returner Justin Miller, acquiring a replacement for the injured Leon Washington (broken right leg) on special teams . . . Linebacker William Kershaw signed with the Dolphins, who placed cornerback Will Allen on injured reserve with a left knee injury.

Buc arrested, released
The Buccaneers released offensive lineman Marcus Johnson after his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence. A Tampa police lieutenant said he found Johnson sleeping yesterday in a car near the Bucs’ stadium. Tampa police say the lieutenant woke up the 27-year-old. A DUI investigator reported smelling alcohol on Johnson’s breath and police said he had glassy eyes and swayed when standing up unsupported. Johnson was arrested and later released on $500 bail. The team later released him . . . The daughter of Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is recovering after surgery to repair injuries sustained on a family trip to Central Washington over the bye weekend. Hasselbeck posted on his Twitter site he had the “worst bye week ever. 6 year old daughter got hit by a dirt bike.’’ Hasselbeck thanked the dentist who repaired Mallory’s mouth and the staff at Central Washington Hospital.

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