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McNair Sits Out Again With Injury

August 21, 2002

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Quarterback Steve McNair, still bothered by tightness in his back, didn’t practice again Wednesday and Tennessee Titans officials put him through some tests as a precaution.

An MRI and X-rays showed no problems, coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday as the team ended training camp with two workouts. He said McNair was given an injection in his lower back to ease some swelling.

``We feel like this will take care of this,″ Fisher said. ``It’s a precautionary deal, and he’s just a little uncomfortable and we need to get on it now rather than have to do something in Week 2 or 3. I don’t anticipate it being a problem whatsoever.″

McNair ruptured a disc in his lower back in 1999 and missed five games that season.

He has kept up a vigorous exercise program to keep his lower back flexible. He was disappointed that he missed the final three practices, the only camp workouts he missed due to his health.

``It’s just tightness in the back. Everything else is fine,″ he said.

Backup quarterback Neil O’Donnell likely will start for the Titans at Minnesota on Friday night in an exhibition game. The timing works for the Titans who hadn’t planned on playing their starters much in their third preseason game because they will be on the artificial turf at the Metrodome.

The Titans return to the practice field Sunday, and Fisher said McNair should be ready to work out then.

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