Tennessee star aggravates bruise

Updated: October 25, 2004, 5:17 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oft-injured Titans quarterback Steve McNair left Tennessee's game at Minnesota on Sunday after aggravating the bruised chest that kept him in the hospital for two nights last month.

"This is not going to heal in one or two weeks if I continue to go out there and play," McNair said. "I don't want to sit, but if I have to that's fine. We'll have to discuss that when we get to the evaluation. If I can't go out there and perform I'm not going to play."

McNair underwent a CT scan Monday and is considered day-to-day.

Before being replaced by Billy Volek, McNair was hurt on the first play of the second quarter. McNair, who was 2-for-5 for 2 yards, walked slowly off the field with a grimace after lying on the turf for a few minutes.

On an incomplete pass intended for Derrick Mason, McNair was brought down by the Vikings' rush and apparently hurt in the pile.

"I had a hard time breathing, and it spasmed up again," McNair said, who complained of stiffness and shortness of breath after the game. "As soon as I landed on the ground, I knew I was out."

McNair has battled a slew of injuries throughout his career with the Titans. He didn't play Oct. 3 at San Diego after getting hurt in the fourth quarter the previous week against Jacksonville.


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