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Brunell diagnosis stands


The MRI exam performed on the middle finger of Mark Brunell's left hand yesterday revealed no fractures or other soft-tissue injury. The original diagnosis of a sprained finger with lacerations will be updated with a status report on Brunell on Wednesday.

Brunell suffered the injury this past Sunday when his left hand struck the helmet of Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, as Brunell released a pass for Bobby Shaw near the Jaguars sideline with 2:24 to play in the game. The Jaguars quarterback proceeded to lead the Jaguars to a touchdown, completing the drive with a seven-yard touchdown toss to Jimmy Smith. However, Brunell's attempt to tie the game failed when his conversion pass attempt for Smith was knocked away by Steelers cornerback Dewayne Washington. The Steelers held on for a 25-23 win.

The Jaguars host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.

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