8:30 PM ET, September 9, 2001
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins don't really care how they play in the preseason. They know exactly what to do once the games really count.Jay Fiedler passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins beat the Tennessee Titans 31-23 Sunday night, their 10th straight victory to open the season, the second-longest such streak in NFL history.
|McNair leaves game|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Steve McNair hurt his
passing shoulder Sunday night when he was hit as he was throwing a
third-quarter touchdown pass in the Titans' 31-23 loss to Miami. Miami tackle Jermaine Haley hit McNair just as he released the
ball and drove him into the turf. McNair, replaced by Neil
O'Donnell at the end of the third quarter, completed the pass to
Derrick Mason for a 29-yard scoring play. McNair spent the rest of the game on the sideline with what the
Titans called a "burner" in his right shoulder. "I'm very worried," McNair said. "Hopefully, it's not
long-term, and we can get this thing healed in a week or so and get
me back in there." McNair walked off the field with his arm in a sling and was not
available after the game. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said McNair
had bruised his shoulder. McNair, 11-for-19 for 118 yards with the touchdown and an
interception, had a mysterious infection in the shoulder last
winter that resulted in doctors operating and using 15 gallons of
water in an attempt to flush out the problem. McNair didn't throw a
football for nearly four months.
-- The Associated Press
Madison has 22 career interceptions, tying him with Terrell Buckley, Curtis Johnson and Tim Foley for seventh in Dolphins' history. ... Thomas has four career interceptions. ... Fisher said doctors think cornerback Dainon Sidney ruptured the ACL in his left knee. The Titans planned to X-ray safety Blaine Bishop for a possible broken rib. ... Titans guard Bruce Matthews has played in 281 games, moving him just a game behind Jim Marshall on the career list among non-kickers. ... Titans safety Bobby Myers' 14-yard return of a fumble for a touchdown was the first of his career. It was the first against the Dolphins since Chad Cota returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown on Dec. 5, 1999.
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