McNair knocked out in 4th quarter

Updated: September 27, 2004, 12:56 PM ET
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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 third-and-10 play.

"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."

Chris Brown scored a play later to put the Titans up 12-7, but McNair overthrew Derrick Mason on the 2-point conversion attempt.

"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 seven seasons.

"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 2,996 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.