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Titans’ Sirmon Hospitalized

September 28, 2003

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Tennessee Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon was hospitalized Sunday for precautionary reasons with several small fractures in his lower back.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said the injury was not spinal cord-related and there was no paralysis.

``As far as we can tell, the X-rays were clear and we just took him over there to try to get him comfortable,″ Fisher said after the Titans’ 30-13 victory over Pittsburgh. ``We’ll leave him here overnight and continue to evaluate him.″

The injury is similar to that of Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who broke three small bones in his lower back last week against Detroit. Culpepper returned to practice Friday and dressed for Sunday’s game against the 49ers.

Sirmon left the game after being blocked by fullback Dan Kreider during the Steelers’ opening possession and did not return. The injury is not expected to sideline him for more than a couple of weeks.

Sirmon, a fourth-year inside linebacker from Oregon, became a starter last season and finished second on the team with 130 tackles. Sirmon was replaced Sunday by Rocky Boiman, who sacked the Steelers’ Tommy Maddox for a safety and scored on a 60-yard interception return.

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