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Fisher: Titans' Young could play despite mild knee, ankle sprains

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vince Young's status is considered day to day after tests showed just a mild sprained left knee and ankle, and Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher said his quarterback could play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles even if he misses a couple practices.

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"If you look at ... what happened in the game, I could stand up here and say that he's lucky," Fisher said Tuesday, one day after Young was injured during a 30-3 road victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. "He's got just a mild knee sprain, and he's got an ankle sprain. He's sore. As he said, he's a quick healer, and we'll just go with him day to day."

Young believed his season might have ended when he went down Monday night. He was pulled down after recovering a fumbled snap with his left leg twisting underneath him. He was able to walk off the field, and he could be seen making the sign of a cross and praying on the sideline.

Fisher said Young could have played if needed, taking snaps out of the shotgun only because of his limited mobility.

"I would've been like Byron Leftwich at Marshall," Young told a reporter after the game. "But I would have definitely gotten back out there and played for my teammates."

The Titans (4-2) made sure Young didn't have to return, finishing off a big win that kept them tied with the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts atop the AFC South. Kerry Collins played most of the game, but Young received credit for the victory as the starter, joining Steve McNair, Warren Moon, Dan Pastorini and George Blanda as the only quarterbacks to win 30 games with the franchise.

Fisher said he doesn't know if Young will be able to practice Wednesday, but the quarterback won't miss much if he sits. Practice will be scaled down to a walkthrough to help the Titans recover on a short week, and Fisher said the team then will see how Young feels.

Young is off to the best start of his five-year NFL career, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns with just two interceptions. He ranks fourth in the AFC with a passer rating of 98.8, and Fisher said the quarterback has a good feel for what the Titans are doing this season.

"It's not unrealistic if he misses a couple days of practice that he still can play," Fisher said. "I think he's got a good chance."

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