McNair suits up as third, emergency QB
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve McNair was deactivated Sunday because of his bruised chest and suited up only as Tennessee's emergency quarterback for the Titans' game with Cincinnati.
This is the second game this season that McNair has not been able to start because of his bruised sternum. He was the No. 3 quarterback for the Titans' loss to San Diego on Oct. 3 after spending two nights in a hospital earlier in the week.
But the 2003 co-MVP bruised his sternum for the third time in last week's loss at Minnesota, a hit that knocked him out of the game on the first play of the second quarter. He wasn't hurt enough to go to the hospital again, but breathing has been painful because of the bruise.
McNair missed one practice because of a death in the family, then he watched Thursday and Friday. The Titans had hoped McNair could at least toss a ball softly, but coach Jeff Fisher said the quarterback's chest remained painful to the touch.
McNair has thrown 20 touchdown passes against the Bengals -- his most against any team. The Titans were 9-3 in those games.
But McNair has struggled along with the banged-up Titans this season, completing only 57 percent of his passes with a 66.8 passer rating.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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