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Young's ban not for facility

NASHVILLE — Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher says though he had an assistant tell Vince Young not to attend a team meeting, the quarterback, who has been put on injured reserve, has not been banned from the team's headquarters.

"I had one of my assistants inform Vince he was not welcome in the team meeting for obvious reasons," Fisher said Tuesday on his radio show. "I discussed the situation that happened the night before" at the meeting.

Young's teammates witnessed a heated exchange between Young and Fisher after Sunday's overtime loss to Washington. Young tossed his pads into the stands when leaving the field, then stormed out of the stadium.

"As a result of not only the incident in the locker room but also more importantly the injury to Vince's thumb, Vince is not going to play anymore this season," Fisher said.

The quarterback needs season-ending surgery that involves inserting a pin to help the flexor tendon heal.

The Titans put Young on injured reserve Tuesday as media reports surfaced that the quarterback wasn't welcome at the team facility and had been told to leave. The team issued a statement a couple of hours after the first report, saying Young had been told not to attend the team meeting and was free to leave.

ESPN reported that Young would not be welcome at future position meetings, practices and games. Players on injured reserve are allowed to receive treatment at the team facility.

Young could not be reached for comment.

Ex-Bucs QB joins Titans: Former Tampa Bay quarterback Chris Simms was signed as the backup to rookie Rusty Smith, who will start this week.

Ex-Buc Clayton joins nicked-up Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants, who lost star receiver Steve Smith and backup Ramses Barden to injuries, signed former Bucs receiver Michael Clayton.

Smith (chest muscle tear), Barden (broken ankle) and Hakeem Nicks (needs surgery for pressure in leg) are out.

Clayton had been playing for Omaha of the United Football League.

Sterger, Favre camps disagree: The manager for Jenn Sterger, the former Jets emcee at the center of the NFL's investigation of Brett Favre, said the Vikings quarterback's agent asked about paying her to keep quiet. But that's not how Favre's agent, Bus Cook, sees it.

Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, told the Associated Press he called Cook in October to alert him about a forthcoming Internet report alleging Favre sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to Sterger, a Gaither High grad.

"He asked me if there was a specific figure in mind that could make this go away," Reese said.

Cook said in a statement that Sterger's camp made "numerous overtures" to him. Cook added that there was never an intention to offer money for silence, "Because, there is NO reason to pay them!" Cook wrote.

Suit appeal: A federal appeals court sided with the NFL and its players union in a lawsuit filed by six former players who claim they lost $20 million in an investment scheme. The lawsuit claimed the union endorsed Kirk Wright's services even though he had liens against him. But the NFL countered that it can't be held liable because under the collective bargaining agreement players are solely responsible for their finances. Wright hanged himself in an Atlanta-area jail in May 2008, days after he was convicted of leading an investment scheme that cost clients millions.

Colts: Receiver Austin Collie will not play this week. Team president Bill Polian said Collie was feeling "uncomfortable" after a hit last week.

Jets: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson says the thought of playing with Mark Sanchez as his quarterback was the "main reason" he chose to sign with New York over Minnesota.

Bucs release Sims

TAMPA — Defensive tackle Ryan Sims was released by the Bucs on Tuesday, two days after newly acquired rookie Al Woods recorded a tackle and a half-sack in the win over the 49ers.

Sims, 30, made six tackles in six games this season. He missed the past three games with a leg injury.

Sims was a first-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2002. The Bucs acquired him in a trade in 2007. His most productive year as a Bucs was 2009, when had 48 tackles and one sack in 16 starts.

The Bucs are expected to make a corresponding roster move today.

Times staff, wires

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