|Thursday, September 14|
|NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve McNair finally can take a deep
breath without pain shooting through his sore chest. He also can
sleep. Whether he will miss a game remains to be seen.
The Tennessee Titans quarterback attended his first practice
Thursday since being sent to the hospital for two nights last
weekend after being hit by Kansas City's Duane Clemons. The Titans
(1-1) have a bye this weekend, then travel to Pittsburgh on Sept.
He will spend the team's bye weekend at home, resting with a bag
of ice on his chest.
"That's the main thing. I just need to rest it," McNair said.
"I'm not doing anything on it right now."
When he returns Monday, McNair will try again to see if the
soreness has eased enough to let him throw and run.
"He's a tough guy, and he's come back and played through some
very difficult situations," coach Jeff Fisher said of McNair.
"I'm not counting him out. We have to see how he is physically and
how he's able to execute next week."
McNair was scrambling when he was headed in the chest by
Clemons. McNair has watched repeated replays and calls it a good
He didn't realize he was hurt until he struggled to breathe
while jogging to the sideline.
The biggest problem for McNair may not be physical. The
quarterback had entered the season completely healthy for the first
time in nearly three years after having a bone spur removed from
his left foot in February.
"It's frustrating mentally for me to just get off an injury.
Now I've got another one. That's the mental aspect I've got to
overcome," he said.|
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