Jeff Fisher said Tuesday night the Tennessee Titans didn’t have the luxury of waiting to be sure about the safety of their quarterback Vince Young before calling police for help in finding him.
That led to four hours’ of uncertainty Monday night before Young contacted the Titans and met with Fisher, a psychologist and police crisis negotiators at the team’s headquarters before driving himself home. Combined with Young’s reaction to being heavily booed in Sunday’s opener, his mental state has been questioned heavily the past two days.
Fisher addressed all those questions on his radio show Tuesday night.
“We can never be too careful sometimes, and sometimes you can’t jump to conclusions. You have to wait on information and be patient,” Fisher said. “The information I had didn’t afford us any patience.”
The only thing known for sure? Young has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and Fisher said on his TV show that the quarterback will not play Sunday at Cincinnati. The coach would not give a timetable past that, calling the test results good news and that Young needs to heal up his leg.
What prompted the call to police? Fisher wasn’t saying.
“I was given some information from people that were close to him late afternoon, early evening that was quite honestly very concerning to me. I’m not going to go into specifics, but it was concerning to me,” Fisher said.
Then people close to Young so worried about him after he sped off from his home, they called Fisher for help.
The coach called the Nashville police for help checking on Young’s “emotional well-being,” according to police spokesman Don Aaron. Young was located at a friend’s home and agreed to come by the Titans’ offices. Police had used SWAT officers in unmarked cars in the search, and those officers checked him for weapons when arrived around 11:30 p.m.