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Tennessee Quarterback Questionable

October 14, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was added to the Titans’ injury report Friday because of back spasms and was listed as questionable for the team’s game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

McNair did not participate in the day’s workout, but downplayed the seriousness of the situation.

``It’s something I’ve dealt with from time-to-time throughout my career,″ he said. ``It just got a little tight (Thursday) night, and we’re working through it.″

McNair has started all five games for the Titans (2-3), completing 111 of 169 passes (65.7 percent) for 1,115 yards and seven touchdowns.

McNair has missed 17 games over the past eight seasons due to a litany of injuries, including his back. A ruptured disc in 1999 required surgery and caused him to miss five games. He overcame back pain in December 2001 and 2002 and did not miss any time.

``We feel it was just muscle spasms,″ coach Jeff Fisher said. ``Over his career he has (had similar situations), but he hasn’t really had much of anything to speak of this year since he came to camp.″

McNair has been on the injury report only one other time this season, prior to a game against Indianapolis on Oct. 2. He played that week and completed a season-high 28 passes for 220 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

``He is actually much better now than he was (Friday) morning,″ Fisher said following the day’s workout.

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