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Winless Titans turn to Young

Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams wants more of Vince Young. He's getting just that with his winless team switching from veteran Kerry Collins back to the 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Coach Jeff Fisher announced the expected move Thursday following practice for the 0-6 Titans, and Young got the news from his coach in the morning. Fisher insists it was an organizational decision resulting from the team’s winless start and that he won’t play musical chairs with the position.

“We’re in a unique situation right now. We haven’t won a game. We wouldn’t be having this conversation if we were 3-3,” Fisher said.

That means Young will start Sunday against Jacksonville (3-3), the team that helped send him to the bench in the 2008 opener by picking him off twice and spraining his knee. Collins started 20 of the 21 games since then.

Young has eight career interceptions against Jacksonville with only three touchdown passes. He also has more career interceptions (33) than TD passes (22). He is 18-11 as a starter.

Young thanked Fisher for giving him a chance to sit back, develop and learn from Collins.

“For him to give me a shot again to go out and give it a chance again is big for me because I’ve been waiting,” Young said.

The move appeared inevitable since the Titans lost 59-0 at New England on Oct. 18. Adams told The Tennessean newspaper after that loss in New England that he wanted to see more of Young.

Collins wasn’t happy or surprised by the move.

“When you’re 0-6, then heads are going to roll. More times than not, it’s the quarterback,” Collins said.

Browns fans plan protest

One of the most loyal Dawg Pounders is done barking about the sad state of his beloved Cleveland Browns.

Lifelong Browns fan and season-ticket holder Mike Randall, aka “Dawg Pound Mike,” is encouraging other Cleveland fans to stay away from their seats for the opening kickoff of the Browns’ Nov. 16 home game against Baltimore.

Sickened by the nearly constant losing since the NFL team’s return in 1999, Randall hopes the sight of empty seats for the start of the nationally televised game will send a loud message to owner Randy Lerner and club officials.

“We’re tired of losing,” the 39-year-old Randall said. “We’re tired of the booing, of seeing fans leave in the fourth quarter. There are fans who have had tickets for 30 years who are turning their seats in because they can’t take it anymore. So many fans are fed up.”

Under first-year coach Eric Mangini, the Browns are 1-6 this season and have scored four offensive touchdowns in 81 possessions. Cleveland’s defense is the league’s worst.

Since coming back as an expansion team 10 years ago, the Browns are 55-113 with one playoff appearance,

Extra points

The Kansas City Chiefs and running back Larry Johnson are working on a settlement that could affect his future, Johnson’s agent told The Kansas City Star on Thursday. Peter Schaffer said in an e-mail that he was working on an appeal of Johnson’s two-week suspension at the same time as he and the Chiefs are discussing a settlement. Asked if that settlement could involve Johnson’s separation from the team, Schaffer wrote: “Not necessarily.” … New Orleans fullback Heath Evans has a torn right knee ligament that will sideline him for the rest of the season. Saints coach Sean Payton said Thursday that Evans was having surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament tear and would be placed on injured reserve. Payton also said the club signed fullback Kyle Eckel. … New York Giants backup running back Ahmad Bradshaw will continue to play this season despite having a cracked bone on his right foot. The third-year running back has gained 455 yard rushing. … The Detroit Lions’ game against the St. Louis Rams will be blacked out on TV in and around the Motor City. The lackluster game featuring the Lions (1-5) and the winless Rams (0-7) will be blacked out in the Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw-Flint and Toledo, Ohio, markets. … The NFL has given the Arizona Cardinals a 24-hour extension to the television blackout deadline for Sunday’s game in Glendale against the Carolina Panthers. … Arizona Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle has missed practice for the second day in a row with a sore right foot. … Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver and return man Percy Harvin did not practice Thursday because of illness.

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