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Texts chronicle McNair’s final hours

Text messages show a woman asked former NFL quarterback Steve McNair to transfer $2,000 into her bank account hours before police say she shot him to death, then turned the gun on herself.

Nashville, Tenn., police released the text messages Monday as part of a case summary and detailed the exchanges between the two hours before the July 4 murder-suicide.

Sahel Kazemi texted McNair on July 3 to say she was so stressed she might have a breakdown and asked for money to pay cell phone bills. One text said she might need to go to a hospital because she could hardly breathe.

Police say texts show McNair had someone transfer the money. The texts also show Kazemi meeting McNair at the Nashville condominium where he was shot. He asked her to leave the front door open for him.

Spokesman Don Aaron said he has been working to summarize the case for weeks and denied it was a response to a two-part report on CBS’ “The Early Show” questioning the original investigation.

“If anyone has information that needs to come to the attention of the police department, we’ll be happy to receive it as part of this investigation,” Aaron told The Associated Press. “But at this juncture, there has been nothing uncovered that suggests this is not a murder-suicide.”

The CBS report Monday interviewed friends portraying Kazemi as happy and showed that she had approximately $2,500 in her bank account at the time of her death.

But the 50 text messages from the cell phones of Kazemi and McNair support the police’s contention that she was spiraling out of control.

Teams hit with key injuries

New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered against Buffalo.

Jenkins will need reconstructive surgery, as will Atlanta cornerback Brian Williams, who sustained the same injury against Chicago.

Cincinnati defensive end Antwan Odom, who entered the weekend tied for the league lead in sacks, had surgery on a torn right Achilles’ tendon suffered against Houston.

Extra points

The NFL suspended Carolina Panthers special teams player Dante Wesley one game without pay – $36,000 – for launching himself into defenseless Tampa Bay returner Clifton Smith on Sunday. Smith sustained a concussion. … Carolina sent a 2010 fifth-round draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive tackle Tank Tyler. … The 49ers placed veteran linebacker Jeff Ulbrich on injured reserve because of a concussion.

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