Quarterback Steve McNair left Tennessee's 20-3 loss to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday after aggravating the bruised chest that kept him in the hospital for two nights last month.

"This is not going to heal in one or two weeks if I continue to go out there and play," McNair said. "I don't want to sit, but if I have to that's fine. We'll have to discuss that when we get to the evaluation. If I can't go out there and perform I'm not going to play."

McNair, replaced by Billy Volek, was hurt on the first play of the second quarter and finished 2 for 5 for two yards. He walked slowly off the field with a grimace after lying on the turf for a few minutes.

On an incomplete pass intended for Derrick Mason, McNair was brought down by the Vikings' rush and apparently was hurt in the pile. He is scheduled for X-rays and an MRI exam today.

"I had a hard time breathing, and it spasmed up again," said the league's co-most valuable player, who complained of stiffness and shortness of breath after the game. "As soon as I landed on the ground, I knew I was out."

McNair, 31, has battled a slew of injuries throughout his career with the Titans. He did not play on Oct. 3 at San Diego after getting hurt in the fourth quarter of the previous week's game against Jacksonville.

-- From News Services