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McNair stopped by injury

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Published October 25, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS - Oft-injured quarterback Steve McNair left Tennessee's 20-3 loss to the Vikings 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," he 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, replaced by Billy Volek , was hurt on the first play of the second quarter and finished 2-for-5 for 2 yards. He 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. He is scheduled for X-rays and an MRI today.

"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."

CARDINALS KICKER TIES RECORD: Neil Rackers tied a record by kicking three field goals of at least 50 yards. Rackers had two 55-yarders in the first half, and another from 50 yards in the third quarter against the Seahawks. That tied the record set by Morten Andersen for Atlanta against New Orleans on Dec. 10, 1995.

PACKERS: Safety Darren Sharper was injured in the first half of Green Bay's 41-20 rout, spraining his left knee in the second quarter. X-rays on Sharper were negative and he was scheduled for an MRI today. Also, tight end Bubba Franks was sidelined with a neck stinger, and right guard Marco Rivera sprained an ankle.

RAIDERS: Former Bucs guard Frank Middleton was carted off the field with a left leg injury midway through the first quarter of a 31-26 home loss to New Orleans. Guard Brad Badger blocked a New Orleans player into him, causing the 6-foot-3, 330-pound Middleton to fall awkwardly with most of his weight on his left leg. He was treated for a quadriceps injury. Middleton was joined by defensive tackle Ted Washington , who has bruised ribs, and cornerback Charles Woodson , sidelined by a hip pointer in the third quarter.

RAMS: Five players were injured in Miami: cornerback Dwight Anderson (right shoulder), linebacker Brandon Chillar (hamstring), defensive end Bryce Fisher (chest), wide receiver Dane Looker (leg bruise) and tackle Grant Williams (neck burner).

VIKINGS: Randy Moss started but didn't return to the field after halftime, as he aggravated his strained right hamstring. That ended the All-Pro receiver's streak of 101 straight games with a reception, spanning his entire career. Moss, who left the locker room without commenting, also had his streak of games with a touchdown catch stopped at 10.

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