Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair was admitted to a hospital for the night yesterday after bruising his sternum late in the fourth quarter of a 15-12 loss to visiting Jacksonville.

A team spokesman said additional tests at the hospital came back negative, but doctors wanted to keep McNair there to make him more comfortable.

Team doctors examined McNair on the bench and even used a stethoscope. X-rays were negative, but McNair had so much pain in his chest that he stayed in the trainer's room more than an hour after the game ended.

A team spokesman said trainers would not let the quarterback talk with reporters because he was having trouble taking deep breaths.

Coach Jeff Fisher said he talked with McNair at the end of the game, and the 2003 co-most valuable player said he was sore. Fisher said he thought McNair was injured at the end of a 14-yard run on third and 10.

"I don't tell Steve not to run. Steve took this game over and gave us a chance to put a scoring drive together with the two runs. That's the risk he takes," Fisher said. "You'd like to see him get down. He didn't slide, and that's the risk you have to take."

Tailback Chris Brown scored a play later to put the Titans up 12-7, but McNair overthrew Derrick Mason on the two-point conversion attempt.

"I didn't even know he was hurt until I saw him on the sidelines with his stuff off," Brown said.

The Jaguars later drove for the winning score.

-- From News Services