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McNair plays through the pain

McNair plays through the pain

OWINGS MILLS -- Steve McNair has scars, war stories and a major reputation for enduring pain. The Baltimore Ravens' new starting quarterback has undergone at least six surgeries during his 11 years in the NFL, including procedures to repair damage to his sternum, back, toe, knee, ankle and shoulder.

That physical toughness has built a fierce enough distinction that Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis regards McNair as a true warrior. McNair led the Tennessee Titans to four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl berth, missing only 19 starts due to injuries. However, he usually pays a heavy price during the offseason. His body is dotted with multiple surgical scars. "Some people have a...

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