McNair focusing on Jacksonville, not DUI case

Updated: October 22, 2003, 7:52 PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair declined comment Wednesday about drunken driving and weapons charges that were sent to a grand jury.

McNair, who leads the NFL with 1,791 yards passing and is the AFC's top-rated passer, returned to practice Wednesday, one day after a judge ruled enough evidence existed for a grand jury to consider the charges from his May 22 arrest.

"As long as I set my priorities straight, what happens off the football field stays off it, and once I come to practice and come to work, no problem," McNair said.

"It's been going on since it happened, and I haven't let it happen so far. I think I'm doing a good job of handling it."

A judge refused a request by McNair's attorney to throw out the charges, alleging the officer had no reason to pull over the quarterback near midnight as he was driving on a Nashville street.

Police said McNair's blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent -- well above Tennessee's limit of 0.10 percent at the time. The level dropped to 0.08 percent on July 1.

The weapon charge involves a 9 mm handgun found in the SUV. McNair has a permit for the handgun, but in Tennessee an intoxicated person may not legally carry a loaded weapon.

The grand jury could convene in four to five weeks, according to the district attorney's office. If convicted, McNair could also face punishment from the NFL.

"What happens, happens. Right now, I'm worried about Jacksonville. That's the best thing I can do right now -- concentrate on what I've got to do to help this ball club," McNair said.

The Titans (5-2) visit Jacksonville (1-5) on Sunday.

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