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Titans’ McNair Practices, May Start

September 22, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Titans quarterback Steve McNair took part in a full-speed practice Friday for the first time since bruising his sternum, and might start this weekend.

He was injured in a victory over Kansas City on Sept. 10. The Titans (1-1), who had a bye last week, play the Steelers on Sunday.

``I wanted to get out there and get some reps during a team period,″ McNair said. ``I still held back a little. There’s still a little soreness, which is something we have to get corrected. I want to be able to go out there and perform at my highest peak.″

After watching most of the day’s workout, he led the scout team offense down the field for a touchdown in a two-minute drill against the starting defense.

``Right now I don’t think (I can take a hit),″ McNair said. ``That’s something I have to get out of my head.″

Coach Jeff Fisher said he will wait until shortly before kickoff before deciding whether McNair or Neil O’Donnell will start at quarterback against Pittsburgh.

``This was the first step for Steve this week,″ Fisher said. ``He hasn’t taken any offensive reps this week (but) he has a good understanding of the game plan.″

O’Donnell started five games last season when McNair was recovering from back surgery. Tennessee won four of those five.

``If we didn’t have as good a backup as we have in Neil, I’d probably force myself to go out and there and play,″ McNair said. ``Because we have Neil, there’s no reason for me to go out there and play in pain.″

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