Sitting out against the Chargers looks like it was the best decision for Titans QB Steve McNair.

McNair returned to practice yesterday for the first time since bruising his sternum against the Jaguars and spending two nights in the hospital. McNair said the rest has him feeling physically as well as he has in a long time.

"I went out there, played around, did some good things on the practice field, did everything I possibly could do in a normal practice situation to see if I had any problem, and I didn't," McNair said.

Even his left ankle, which he sprained on Sept. 19, is feeling fine. McNair said he even ran a couple of plays he usually avoids.

The Titans have listed McNair as questionable for Monday night's game at Green Bay, but he has never missed a game when he practiced in the days before kickoff.

"He made all the throws, ran around and just finished running a little extra, so he looks good," Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said.

Meantime, the Titans officially ended G Zach Piller's season, placing him on injured reserve. He tore the left biceps tendon in the opener.

* PEDERSON IS OUT: The Packers placed backup QB Doug Pederson on injured reserve, ending his season. Pederson broke a rib, cracked a bone in his back and tore a muscle in his side in a 14-7 loss Sunday to the Giants. He came into the game after Brett Favre was knocked to the ground and suffered a concussion.

Craig Nall will back up Favre. Nall, a third-year player, led NFL Europe in passing efficiency and touchdowns in 2003.

* CARSON NAMED: Harry Carson, a fearsome inside linebacker for the Giants in the Bill Parcells era, has been named the new executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, replacing Hall of Fame TE Kellen Winslow.

The Pollard Alliance, a nonprofit organization, was formed two years ago to help promote an increase in minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions in the NFL. The Alliance has helped league teams identify potential candidates, and also has worked with minority coaches to help them in the interviewing process.

Carson, a New Jersey businessman who also has dabbled in football broadcasting, had been active in the organization from its inception.

Winslow left the position after recently accepting a job with the Disney Corporation.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports