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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: McNair still in hospital, but injury not considered serious

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posted on Sep, 27 2004 @ 11:46 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve McNair has no serious injuries, but the NFL's co-MVP for 2003 was to spend Monday night in a hospital with a bruised sternum.

The Tennessee Titans' star quarterback was scheduled to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

"He's just very sore," coach Jeff Fisher said Monday after McNair underwent medical tests.

McNair is the seventh starter injured, plus four backups, for a team that went 12-4 last season in reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. His status is the most urgent topic for the Titans after two straight losses at home.

The Titans (1-2) won't have safety Lance Schulters, tight end Erron Kinney and defensive end Juqua Thomas, who will be listed as out for Sunday's visit to San Diego (1-2). McNair will be listed as questionable.

After losing 15-12 to Jacksonville on Sunday, McNair spent the night in the hospital because he was unable to take deep breaths without pain. He spent 75 minutes in the trainer's room after the game with a bag of ice on his chest.

McNair, the NFL's top rushing quarterback since 1997, was hurt at the end of a 5-yard scramble. Instead of sliding, McNair dived forward looking for more yardage. As he went down, 312-pound Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud came down on McNair's back.

"He's going to pick up the first down," Fisher said of McNair's decision to dive instead of slide. "He's been in the league long enough to know. He didn't know he had defenders chasing him. It's kind of a freak situation where he landed on the ball. Had the ball not been under him, we wouldn't be discussing it right now."

If McNair sits out Sunday's game, Billy Volek, re-signed in March after he had a passer rating of 101.4 in relief of McNair last season, will start. Volek was knocked out at the end of the 2003 season with a ruptured spleen.

"A limited Steve McNair against the Chargers probably would do us no good considering the fact we have Billy now and know what Billy can do," Fisher said.


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