McNair gets start

BY GEOFF HOBSON

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ After watching him work in pre-game warmups, the Titans decided to start Steve McNair at quarterback Sunday here against the Bengals at Adelphia Coliseum.

McNair strained his left knee and sprained his left ankle last week during the Titans' 15-13 victory in Philadelphia.

Waiting in the wings is old friend Neil O'Donnell, the former Steelers quarterback who consistently lit up Cincinnati before joining the Bengals for the 1998 season.

O'Donnell had the first 300-yard day and three-touchdown day of his career during Pittsburgh's 1991 overtime victory in Cincinnati and his career high passing yards of 377 in the Steelers' 49-31 victory in Cincinnati in 1995.

The Titans did sit one injured starter Sunday, replacing Marcus Robertson with Bobby Myers at free safety.

Before the game, the Bengals deactivated linebacker JoJuan Armour, cornerback Sirr Parker and wide receiver LaVell Boyd.

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