V. Young, Titans Have Late-Night Meeting
Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher reportedly had a late-night meeting with quarterback Vince Young prompted by concerns about Young's mental state.
The meeting was first reported by a Nashville television station.
The Titans have issued a written statement.
"Last night, we received a call from people that are closest to Vince informing us that he had left his house in a state of mind that had them concerned; and that he was unreachable, having left his cell phone at the house. Not having all the facts available to us and approaching the matter prudently, we contacted Metro Police to make them aware of the situation and asked for their assistance in locating Vince. He was located at a friend's house, where we made contact with him. He then came to the practice facility where it was determined that those initial concerns by his friends and family were unfounded and he returned home without incident."
Fisher and Young met at the Titans' headquarters, along with police officers, around 12:30 a.m. today, WKRN-TV in Nashville reported. Fisher said after the meeting that the entire situation had been a "misunderstanding," the station reported.
Young reportedly had left his home around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The station reported that Young had seemed "emotionally down" and didn't take along his cell phone. Titans officials alerted the police to look for Young's vehicle, according to the report.
A police spokesman told the Tennessean that Young had a handgun in the glove compartment of his vehicle. But the gun was not loaded and police did not suspect that Young might harm himself, the newspaper reported.
"The fact the gun was in the glove compartment and was unloaded did not present an issue for the officers," the police spokesman, Don Aaron, told the Tennessean. "There was no ammunition in the car. The gun was unloaded. The slide was back in a safe position, and it was in the glove box."
Fisher contacted police after being contacted by one of Young's friends, according to the newspaper.
Aaron also told the paper: "In a major city police department we have calls like this all the time about people who fear for their loved ones and want the police department to find them and check on their welfare, the difference here being Vince Young's notoriety.
"When the police department gets such calls you have to take them seriously. Every person is different and you never know how these issues will ultimately turn out. The concerns of last night appear to be unfounded."
Young was given permission to go home on his own after the meeting with Fisher and police officers, the paper reported.
The Titans reportedly had postponed an MRI exam of Young's injured left knee Monday. The exam was rescheduled for today. Young hurt the knee during Sunday's season opener. There is speculation that he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and will be sidelined for 2-4 weeks.
There also was an unusual incident during the game Sunday in which Young reportedly seemed on the verge of removing himself from the Titans' lineup. He didn't, and his injury occurred later in the victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Young was being booed by the home crowd after throwing an interception. He threw his helmet and sat on the bench with a towel over his head, and didn't immediately rejoin the offense on the field when the Titans got the ball back. Backup Kerry Collins began to warm up but Young reentered the game after a brief conversation with Fisher on the sideline.
Collins replaced Young after the injury and now becomes the Titans' starter.
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