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Is Vince Young performing in the NFL like everyone thought he would

Is Vince Young performing in the NFL like everyone thought he would

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vince Young(notes) wants to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Whether the Tennessee quarterback’s right hamstring is healthy enough to let him remains to be seen.

Young didn’t practice Wednesday, instead watching with the hood of his sweat shirt over his head most of the time. A quick healer, Young said he feels much better than when he strained the back of his right leg in last weekend’s 47 7 win over St. Louis, and Sunday is a crucial game for the Titans (6 7) to keep their faint playoff hopes alive for another week.

“I was hurt last week with a bum knee, I was still out there moving around,” Young said. “Football is football man. It’s the love of the game man, and right now we need a couple of wins to do what we need to do. I’m just taking my time and be safe on the safe side. At the same time, I’ll be out there. Hopefully, I’ll be out there.”

Young is 6 1 as a starter since returning to the lineup and is part of the Titans’ rebound from their 0 6 start. The fourth year quarterback is 4 0 at home this season where he has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 854 yards with four touchdowns and only one interception for a 107.3 passer rating.

He didn’t practice last Friday after aggravating his right knee the day before and played very well before he pulled up at the end of a 44 yard run that was the longest of his career. Young left with the Titans leading 14 0, having completed 6 of 8 for 132 yards with one touchdown pass.

Young said this injury is much milder than in 2007 when he strained his right quadriceps muscle, an injury that kept him out of the team’s next game in his hometown of Houston. He said whether he’s able to practice at all Thursday will depend on how his leg feels and what the trainers say.

Coach Jeff Fisher had hoped Young could practice Wednesday and now is optimistic about the quarterback being available Thursday. But Fisher also has said Young knows the offense well enough that he could play without practicing. Backup Kerry Collins(notes), who threw for 154 yards last week in relief of Young, took the work in practice.

“The bottom line is he’s got a big future, long future ahead of him and he knows what’s best for the team to make good decisions on this injury. If he can go, then he’ll go,” Fisher said of Young.

Chris Johnson benefits from having the more mobile Young on the field in his pursuit of a 2,000 yard rushing season and is optimistic Young will be ready to play against Miami (7 6).

“He told me he’s going to play, so I expect him to be out there,” Johnson said.

The Dolphins, who are a game behind New England in the AFC East, are wasting no time worried about which quarterback to prepare for in this game. Miami coach Tony Sparano said it’s December, so they prepare for the starter.

“We’re expecting to see Vince, were preparing for Vince and if Kerry plays, then so be it. I think at this time of year you have to prepare for the starter to play.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vince Young(notes) wants to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Whether the Tennessee quarterback’s right hamstring is healthy enough to let him remains to be seen.

Young didn’t practice Wednesday, instead watching with the hood of his sweat shirt over his head most of the time. A quick healer, Young said he feels much better than when he strained the back of his right leg in last weekend’s 47 7 win over St. Louis, and Sunday is a crucial game for the Titans (6 7) to keep their faint playoff hopes alive for another week.

“I was hurt last week with a bum knee, I was still out there moving around,” Young said. “Football is football man. It’s the love of the game man, and right now we need a couple of wins to do what we need to do. I’m just taking my time and be safe on the safe side. At the same time, I’ll be out there. Hopefully, I’ll be out there.”Fantasy Football Live

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More NFL VideosYoung is 6 1 as a starter since returning to the lineup and is part of the Titans’ rebound from their 0 6 start. The fourth year quarterback is 4 0 at home this season where he has completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 854 yards with four touchdowns and only one interception for a 107.3 passer rating.

He didn’t practice last Friday after aggravating his right knee the day before and played very well before he pulled up at the end of a 44 yard run that was the longest of his career. Young left with the Titans leading 14 0, having completed 6 of 8 for 132 yards with one touchdown pass.

Rob Ford to talk NFL on Washington radio station

Rob Ford to talk NFL on Washington radio station

“We think he’s hilarious,” the station said via its Twitter account. capital. appearance.Ford’s connection to football is nothing short of an obsession.He told CBC News he has been a big Washington Redskins fan since he was young and once attended a training camp for the team. He also likes the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins (which he calls “the Fish”) and Chicago Bears.When asked about the Redskins team name, which has been opposed for decades as a slur against native Americans, Ford said the name should not be changed. He likened it to the name of Cleveland’s baseball team, the Indians.”What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Aboriginals next? The ‘Skins are the ‘Skins,” Ford said.The mayor has coached high school teams for decades, and regularly attends CFL games all over Canada.Ford famously wore a vintage NFL tie on the day he admitted to using crack cocaine while in office. The tie featured logos of all NFL teams, circa the 1993 4 season.He also recently attended a Buffalo Bills game in Toronto against the Atlanta Falcons, wearing running back Fred Jackson’s jersey. He wears Toronto Argos jerseys to council on occasion as well.

Pat White attempting NFL comeback in midst of read option craze

Pat White attempting NFL comeback in midst of read option craze

White has cursed himself a lot in the past two years. He feels he squandered a prime opportunity with the Miami Dolphins, and the 27 year old who once came within a Backyard Brawl of leading the Mountaineers to the BCS title game hopes to rejuvenate his career at a time when the pro game seems more accepting of a dual threat quarterback’s skill set. After receiving an inquiry from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in January, White decided to give football one more try. So after Geno Smith and company finish their workouts at West Virginia’s pro day on March 14, White will try to show scouts he still belongs in the game. “I like to tell people that I’m a 2009 model with about 4,500 miles on it,” White said. “It’s just been sitting in the garage. It still runs just as well.”

White came to California to work with private quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr., who will try to refine the 6 foot, 197 pound White’s throwing motion so teams don’t view White strictly as a Wildcat player. That’s what happened in Miami. The Dolphins drafted White in the second round in 2009 with the hope of using him in a Wildcat package while he developed into a more complete NFL quarterback. But White didn’t put in the work such a metamorphosis required, and the Dolphins cut him prior to the 2010 season. He opted to sign with the Kansas City Royals rather than move to another position. But White’s pro baseball career didn’t last. He was sent to the fall instructional league, and he didn’t report to spring training the following March. Since then, White’s only professional athletic endeavor was an unsuccessful training camp stint in 2011 with the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL.

In most cases, that history combined with his less than ideal size probably would slam the door on White’s chances to earn a paycheck playing football. But after Seattle’s Russell Wilson carried the torch for undersized quarterbacks and several teams found success running zone read concepts similar to the ones White excelled at running in Morgantown, White might have a slim chance to break back into the league. Given the high likelihood of injury for quarterbacks who run more frequently, teams that use the zone read may have to begin carrying more (cheap) quarterbacks on their rosters as insurance policies.

“That’s what they say,” White said. “I wouldn’t say I was a little ahead of my time. I just wasn’t prepared for my time.” White knows now that the speed that allowed him to run for 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns as a Mountaineer will not be enough. While the rushing success of Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III may have helped inspire White’s comeback, he knows those players also bring rocket arms to the table. White does not, but he hopes his work with Whitfield will raise his throwing to a level acceptable to NFL coaches.