Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has been diagnosed with cancer and is expected to start chemotherapy treatment almost immediately.
Coach Jeff Fisher announced Wednesday that Heimerdinger has been very sick the past three weeks but learned the diagnosis Wednesday morning. Heimerdinger wasn’t at practice. Fisher declined to specify what type of cancer Heimerdinger has but asked for prayers for both the coach and his family.
“Mike is going to be, potentially as early as today, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment,” Fisher said. “I don’t know whether Mike will be back tomorrow, whether he’ll be here Friday or Saturday or whether or not he’ll be able to participate in coaching this game. I want you all to pray for Mike, like we have been doing all morning.”
The Titans (5-5) visit Houston (4-6) on Sunday, just a game back in the AFC South despite a three-game skid.
This is the latest news for a team that had been dealing with Vince Young’s meltdown during last week’s 19-16 overtime loss to Washington. Young threw his pads into the stands, then had a heated exchange with Fisher in the locker room before storming out and being told not to attend a team meeting Monday.
Fisher says Young has apologized to him via text message Wednesday, although probably not the best move because Fisher says talking face-to-face is a “man thing.”
He said after practice that reporters could draw their own conclusion on whether he would have preferred an apology from Young in person.
The NFL and the players union confirmed the two sides made “some progress” during a meeting Monday attended by commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.
The talks were “encouraging” and centered on the proposed 18-game regular season and limiting offseason workouts.
Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel was fined $40,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants wide receiver Derek Hagan that drew an unnecessary roughness penalty. Oakland put special-teams standout Trevor Scott on injured reserve with a knee injury. Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was fined $5,000 for showing off the message – “Why So Serious?” – he had written on his T-shirt after the first of three touchdown catches at Cincinnati on Sunday.. The Eagles put cornerback Ellis Hobbs (neck injury) on injured reserve, ending his season. Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (groin injury) will miss his second straight game. Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy (high-ankle sprain) will be sidelined this week, meaning Jake Delhomme will start Sunday against Carolina.