Titans also place Piller on IR

Updated: October 7, 2004, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sitting out against San Diego looks like it was the best decision for Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair.

He returned to practice Thursday for the first time since bruising his sternum against Jacksonville and spending two nights in the hospital. McNair said the rest has him feeling physically as well as he has in a long time.

"I went out there, played around, did some good things on the practice field, did everything I possibly could do in a normal practice situation to see if I had any problem (Thursday), and I didn't," McNair said.

Even his left ankle, which he sprained on Sept. 19, is feeling fine. McNair said he even ran a couple plays he usually avoids.

The Titans have listed McNair as questionable for Monday night's game at Green Bay, but he has never missed a game when he practiced in the days before kickoff.

"He made all the throws, ran around and just finished running a little extra, so he looks good," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said.

The Titans officially ended left guard Zach Piller's season Thursday, placing him on injured reserve. He is the third player put on injured reserve, and the Titans had not been in a hurry because he tore the left biceps tendon in the opener.

But Tennessee needed a roster spot Thursday for linebacker Cody Spencer, promoted off the practice squad to help on special teams.

"Realistically speaking, it is going to be almost impossible to get him back and get the strength back," Fisher said of Piller. "It is a significant injury. If you were to try and rush Zach back, even in January, you are going to subject him to some risks, so this one made sense."

The Titans also signed receivers Todd Devoe and Lane Danielsen to the practice squad.


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