NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was
admitted to a hospital for the night Sunday after bruising his sternum late in the fourth quarter of Tennessee's 15-12 loss to Jacksonville.
A team spokesman said additional tests at the hospital came back
negative, but doctors wanted to keep McNair there to make him more
comfortable. McNair was held overnight; there was no word early Monday on his condition.
Team doctors examined McNair on the bench and even used a
stethoscope. X-rays were negative, but McNair had so much pain in
his chest that he stayed in the trainer's room more than an hour
after the game ended.
Trainers would not let the quarterback talk with reporters
because he was having trouble taking deep breaths. Then he was
taken to a hospital.
Coach Jeff Fisher said he talked with McNair at the end of the
game, and the 2003 co-MVP said he was sore. Fisher said he thought
McNair was injured at the end of a 14-yard run that converted a
"I don't tell Steve not to run. Steve took this game over and
gave us a chance to put a scoring drive together with the two runs.
That's the risk he takes," Fisher said.
"You'd like to see him get down. He didn't slide, and that's
the risk you have to take."
"I didn't even know he was hurt until I saw him on the
sidelines with his stuff off," Brown said.
Neither could Mason, who has been McNair's teammate the past
"Steve is a warrior, and he is going to fight. He is going to
play and not make any excuses," Mason said.
The Jaguars drove for the winning score. With 3 seconds to go,
Billy Volek came in instead of McNair, who had taken off his
shoulder pads on the sideline.
McNair is the NFL's top rushing quarterback since 1997 with
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.