Jaguars MLB Tom McManus will miss the rest of the season with a torn tendon in his right foot, the team said.

McManus, 29, suffered the injury during Jacksonville's 22-20 win over Carolina on Sunday.

McManus, who will likely have surgery within the next two weeks, will be replaced in the lineup by Bryan Schwartz or Lonnie Marts, a team spokesman said.

McManus, a 6-foot-2, 251-pounder, started both games for the 2-0 Jaguars and had five tackles.

CHANDLER READY: Falcons QB Chris Chandler is expected to start Sunday's game against the Rams after missing Monday's loss to Dallas with a strained hamstring, the team said.

Chandler's return comes as last season's NFC champions try to avoid dropping to 0-3 after losses to the Cowboys and Vikings. . . .

Titans QB Steve McNair made his first visit to the practice field since back surgery and said he feels "great."

McNair underwent surgery for a ruptured disk last weekend and is expected to miss at least five more weeks. The injury snapped his streak of consecutive starts at 34.

McNair, who opened the season with a career-high 341 yards and three touchdown passes in a 36-35 victory over Cincinnati, is anxious to play again.

"It hurts a lot to know that my team battles every Sunday and I can't be a part of it," he said yesterday. "I've got to get ready to get better to get back on this field to play and help my team win."

OFFERS ACCEPTED: Cardinals DT Mark Smith ended his holdout and accepted the team's minimum offer of $325,000 for this season minus the salary he would have received for the two games he missed. Also, rookie OT L.J. Shelton agreed to a five-year deal with the team.

Smith's deal means the third-year pro will get just under $285,000, far less than the more than $1 million he originally had demanded. Shelton, the No. 21 overall pick from Eastern Michigan and son of former NBA player Lonnie Shelton, is the last first-round draft choice to sign. Terms were not revealed.

"[Smith] said he was ready to play football," said the player's agent, Gil Thompson, said. "It was an instinctive type of thing."

Joe Greene, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who as Cardinals' defensive line coach worked extensively to make Smith a force in the NFL, said Smith has hurt himself greatly by the holdout.

"I had great hopes for Mark, as did everybody in the organization," Greene said. "I was extremely disappointed that he wasn't here during minicamp and training camp. I thought he needed that to move to the next level. I was disappointed and angry. Now that he's here, I've got to get over it."

Smith had virtually no leverage in his holdout. He couldn't sign with another team and had to be available to play for at least six games this season to count toward him becoming a restricted free agent next year and an unrestricted free agent in 2001. The team's play didn't help him much, either. Without Smith, Arizona is sixth in the NFL in total defense after two games.