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Titans’ McNair Has Cast on Thumb

November 13, 2001

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Titans quarterback Steve McNair will wear a cast on his throwing hand for at least a day after aggravating an injury.

McNair had X-rays and other tests on his right hand Tuesday, and coach Jeff Fisher said the results were negative. But doctors found an apparent hairline break in McNair’s thumb, which he originally hurt last season in practice.

McNair couldn’t hold a ball Tuesday.

``We put him in a cast until tomorrow. We’ll see how he is with some soft tosses going with the hand,″ Fisher said.

McNair had the flu the past couple of days and was given fluids intravenously at halftime of Monday night’s 16-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Tight end Frank Wycheck sprained an ankle in that game and his status for next Sunday’s game against the Bengals won’t be known until later this week.

With Erron Kinney out the past two games with a strained calf muscle, and rookie Shad Meier sidelined Monday because of a broken thumb, rookie Brian Natkin is the only healthy tight end on the roster. Natkin was promoted from the practice squad last week.

In other injury news, cornerback Andre Dyson left Monday night’s game with a concussion, receiver Kevin Dyson _ Andre’s brother _ sprained a shoulder, and receiver Derrick Mason sprained an ankle that has bothered him most of the season.

Rookie receiver Justin McCareins (broken ankle) will return to limited practice this week.

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