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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair and running back Eddie George had arthroscopic surgery Thursday.

``We are pleased that the surgeries went as expected,'' coach Jeff Fisher said. ``We are fortunate to get these things taken care of early in the offseason. These two procedures should alleviate any future problems and will let them regain full strength by the minicamps in May.''

McNair had bone spurs removed from his shoulder to give the quarterback more room in his throwing shoulder around the rotator cuff. He missed a game in September after swelling in the joint kept him from throwing.

McNair is expected to begin throwing again in six weeks.

George had ankle cleaned out to alleviate the pain that plagued him throughout the season. He should be able to run again in eight weeks.

George had a tendon in his right big toe reconstructed last February, which slowed him throughout the 2001 season.

Both players were released from the hospital following their surgeries, and will begin rehabilitation next week.

Four other Titans also have arthroscopic surgeries planned for the offseason: defensive tackle Joe Salave'a for a shoulder, offensive lineman Gennaro DiNapoli for both shoulders, defensive tackle Jason Fisk for both elbows and defensive back Dainon Sidney, who tore an ACL in the season opener, for his knee.