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Titans QB Young hurts hand; X-rays negative

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 23, 2006) -- Vince Young gave the Tennessee Titans -- and himself -- a scare when the back of his throwing hand slammed against a helmet during practice.

Young was examined on the field, then walked off for X-rays and did not return to practice. Coach Jeff Fisher said he wasn't too concerned, because the preliminary examination on the field indicated only a bruise.

"He's going to be all right. X-rays were negative," Fisher said. "He's going to have a sore hand, and we haven't ruled him out for the game."

On Aug. 26, the Titans will play host to Atlanta.

Young said he would test his hand Aug. 24 to see if he could grip and squeeze a ball.

The sound of his hand crashing against the helmet and the resulting sting worried the No. 3 overall selection.

"It scared me a whole lot just hearing the sound effect. The hit and hearing it pop a little bit," Young said. "It's all right though."

Fisher said it was the first time the Titans had a quarterback hit a hand on a helmet in eight years. Young also jammed a thumb a couple weeks ago.

NOTESThe Titans did not get defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth (back) and Travis LaBoy (foot) back into practice. Fisher said they could return Aug. 24. The Titans filled out their depleted defensive line by signing ends Garrett McIntyre, whom Arizona released Aug. 21, and Adam Roberts. They released center Rod Olds to make space.

The Associated Press News Service

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