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McNair sits, but hope stands

The Tennessee Titans have a simple rule: If Steve McNair feels he can play injured, discussion over.

Even though McNair watched practice yesterday and didn't even try to throw as he recovers from a bruised sternum that hospitalized him for two nights, neither coach Jeff Fisher nor any of the Titans will say McNair won't play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

"We know his history and what he's done, so you can't rule him out at this point," Fisher said.

Backup quarterback Billy Volek has watched McNair since 2000 and has seen the 2003 co-MVP play through a variety of injuries so extensive the media guide details them on a separate page. While Volek prepares for what could be his second NFL start, he won't be surprised to watch from the sideline.

"Steve might put the cape on again and go out there and play. I have to be ready for anything to happen," Volek said.

McNair declined to talk to reporters, staying busy with treatment for a chest still sore from landing on a ball with Jaguars tackle Marcus Stroud on top of him last weekend. The Titans officially listed McNair as questionable.

"I'll only believe he doesn't play when the game is over," said Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer.

Dolphins add legs
With running back Lamar Gordon out for the season, the Dolphins signed free agent running back Brock Forsey, who rushed for 191 yards in 50 carries last year with the Bears. Dolphins defensive tackle Tim Bowens, who has yet to play this season, will miss Sunday's game with a herniated disk. Receiver Chris Chambers (knee) and linebacker Zach Thomas (shoulder) sat out practice and are listed as questionable . . . Aeneas Williams's return to cornerback was only a one-week proposition for the Rams. DeJuan Groce was back at practice after missing last week's game with a sprained knee, enabling Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowler, to return to free safety. Coach Mike Martz expects the move to stabilize the entire defense, which has struggled in the early weeks of the season. "There's no question it helps us a great deal," Martz said. Backup linebacker Trev Faulk (hamstring) also is expected to return for Sunday night's game at San Francisco . . . Panthers running back Stephen Davis will not play Sunday against the Falcons because of a knee injury. Davis had arthroscopic surgery on his knee Sept. 17 and missed Carolina's win over Kansas City. The Panthers were off last weekend. "I just have to get myself better and get myself ready," said Davis, who is aiming to return for next week's game against the Broncos . . . Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman threw his first practice passes for the Bills since breaking his left leg last month, and anticipates being cleared for contact within three weeks. Saying he doesn't feel much pain, Losman expects to take part in seven-on-seven drills in practice next week. He added he could begin practicing fully after Buffalo's game at the Jets Oct. 10. The 22d overall selection has been sidelined since breaking his fibula following a collision with teammate Troy Vincent during a training camp practice Aug. 24 . . . Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker (quadriceps) and defensive lineman Gerard Warren (pectoral) will both miss Sunday's game against the Redskins . . . The Buccaneers placed running back Charlie Garner (knee) and tight end Rickey Dudley (thumb) on injured reserve, and signed former Yale tight end Nate Lawrie from the practice squad. The Bucs do get Michael Pittman back after the tailback's NFL-mandate three-game suspension ended this week. Pittman's suspension stemmed from last year's second conviction on domestic violence charges.

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