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Titans QB McNair expected to start in Week 8

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2005) -- Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair should start against the Oakland Raiders after sitting out a game to rest his sore back.

McNair has missed five practices over the last two weeks and didn't play in the loss in Arizona. Coach Jeff Fisher said the team decided to leave McNair in Nashville for continued treatment and rest.

"It really helped him," Fisher said. "He went out and threw today and felt pretty good. It's good to get him back. I would expect he would be able to do some things for us on the practice field on Wednesday."

The Titans got results of an MRI exam on receiver Brandon Jones ' right knee that they described as positive, without giving further details. He was hurt late in the 20-10 loss to Arizona, and Fisher said the rookie felt better on Oct. 24 but still had some swelling.

They also ran tests on running back Chris Brown, who got a shoulder stinger that caused him to loose feeling in his right hand. He was hurt early in the second quarter and didn't return.

The Titans get running back Travis Henry back to practice this week after his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. They cleared space by waiving receiver Andrae Thurman, who violated team rules over the weekend.

But the Titans will be looking for a long snapper after Ken Amato broke his fibula. Fisher said there was a chance they could brace up Amato's leg, but that he was sore.

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