Young texts apology to Titans coach

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Jeff Fisher says quarterback Vince Young has apologized to him via text message, though probably not the best move since the Tennessee coach says talking face-to-face is a "man thing."

Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher said talking face-to-face is a 'man thing' after being pressed about QB Vince Young's apology via text.   Associated Press
Associated Press
Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher said talking face-to-face is a 'man thing' after being pressed about QB Vince Young's apology via text.

Fisher said Wednesday after practice that reporters could draw their own conclusion on whether he would have preferred an apology from Young in person. The coach wouldn't discuss what the text said except that Young apologized via a text sent Tuesday.

But the coach also didn't text his quarterback in response.

"I'm not a real big text guy," Fisher said. "I'm not really into this new age stuff. I don't twit or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?"

The quarterback had a heated exchange with Fisher in the locker room after Sunday's overtime loss to Washington, and Fisher told Young not to attend a team meeting Monday. Tennessee placed Young on injured reserve Tuesday because he needs season-ending surgery on his right thumb.

Fisher said he will meet with Young at some point. Asked whether hearing from his quarterback by text does some good to a relationship that has seemed beyond repair, Fisher said he didn't think so.

"Someone could've grabbed his phone and texted," Fisher said.

- Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has been diagnosed with cancer and is expected to start chemotherapy treatment almost immediately.

PATRIOTS: New England listed quarterback Tom Brady as questionable for today's game against Detroit.

According to the team's injury report, Brady skipped Wednesday's walkthrough practice because of foot and right shoulder injuries. He also sat out practice on Tuesday.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton says he's optimistic Reggie Bush will be able to come back from his broken right leg today at Dallas.

Bush, who's missed eight games since fracturing his right fibula, is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis this week.

JETS: Receiver Jerricho Cotchery will miss his second game in a row as he recovers from a groin injury when New York plays Cincinnati tonight.

PANTHERS: Carolina quarterback Jimmy Clausen returned to practice after missing a game with a concussion and will start Sunday against Cleveland barring a setback.

GIANTS: Frustrated with Ahmad Bradshaw's inability to hold on to the ball, coach Tom Coughlin demoted Bradshaw and gave Brandon Jacobs the starting job for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

DOLPHINS: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall didn't practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, raising questions as to whether he'll play Sunday at Oakland.

BROWNS: Quarterback Colt McCoy has a high ankle sprain, an injury that sidelined Cleveland's other quarterbacks, Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace , for weeks.

Coach Eric Mangini does not expect McCoy to be back this week, meaning Delhomme will start on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, his team for seven seasons.

REDSKINS: Clinton Portis ' season has come to an early end for the second year in a row.

Teammates said that the Washington running back was being placed on injured reserve because of a groin injury.

FINED: Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel says he's been fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan during Sunday's game that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

- Buffalo receiver Stevie Johnson says the NFL has fined him $5,000 for a touchdown celebration following the first of his three scores during a win over the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

LABOR TALKS: A person familiar with the negotiating session says the NFL and the players union made "some progress" during a meeting Monday.

The "encouraging" talks centered on the proposed 18-game regular season and limiting off-season workouts.


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