Titans say they're parting with Young
The Tennessee Titans released a statement Wednesday night in which owner Bud Adams said quarterback Vince Young won't be on the team's roster next season, but he's still evaluating the coaching staff.
"We have two critical decisions to make, the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately," Adams said.
Adams is the owner who wanted Young drafted No. 3 overall out of Texas in 2006 and said on draft day that "VY is my guy." But with his general manager and senior executive vice president traveling to Houston to meet with Adams on Monday, the 88-year-old owner decided Young no longer is the quarterback for his franchise.
Young is 30-17 in his five NFL seasons, but only 13-14 against teams finishing a season at .500 or better. He's also battled questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries. He suffered a season-ending thumb injury on his right hand Nov. 21, tossed his shoulder pads into the stands and told off Coach Jeff Fisher in front of the locker room before storming out.
The quarterback is due a roster bonus of $4.25 million in March and an $8.5 million salary for 2011.
Adams also said in his statement that he informed Fisher he still is evaluating the coaching staff. "I am hoping to make a decision soon," Adams said.
l SAINTS: Running back Pierre Thomas, one of the stars of last season's Super Bowl run, was placed on injured reserve because of his ankle. The Saints made that move only one day after placing leading rusher Chris Ivory on injured reserve because of a left foot injury that occurred during Sunday's regular season finale.
When the Saints open the playoffs in Seattle on Saturday, the only healthy running backs from their regular season roster will be Reggie Bush and Julius Jones. They signed fourth-year pro DeShawn Wynn and rookie Joique Bell this week.
l SEAHAWKS: Coach Pete Carroll remained evasive about who his starting quarterback would be come Saturday's playoff game. Carroll continued to say that Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst would split reps in practice and that both would be available on Saturday.
Asked if he knew who the starter would be and was just playing coy, Carroll said, "You'll never know."
l CHIEFS: Guard Brian Waters and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, two of the team's three Pro Bowlers, missed practice and it was unclear whether they will be available for this weekend's playoff game against Baltimore.
"Waters and Bowe will be listed as illness. They were sick today," said Coach Todd Haley, who declined to speculate on whether they would play Sunday.