By Erin K. Blakeley, Shoulder1 Staff
Steve McNair is back on the football field, doing exactly what he does best: throwing the football. The Tennessee Titan’s quarterback returned to the practice field a few days ago, months after a stubborn infection took hold of his throwing shoulder and refused to let go.
McNair reported feeling pain in his throwing shoulder after the Titan’s playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens last January. Doctors were baffled by the cause of McNair’s pain. One month later, they discovered an infection in his right shoulder—his throwing shoulder.
In February, McNair underwent surgery to flush away the infection. Doctors used gallons of water to wash the infection out of his shoulder. After the surgery, McNair needed weeks of antibiotics to eradicate the infection entirely.
Last month, McNair returned to the football field to begin throwing. While he is anxious to get back in his routine, he is being cautious with his workouts. He told the Associated Press, “That’s your moneymaker, you’ve got to keep it right,” referring to his shoulder. “It is not the time right now to push the panic button…there’s still a month till training camp.”
McNair was the first quarterback drafter in the 1995 NFL draft. A dangerous running back and well as passer, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards for the last two seasons.