Donovan McNabb Breaks a Rib In Win Over Carolina

James WilliamsonSenior Writer ISeptember 13, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes for a touchdown in the second half of their NFL season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. McNabb did not return to the game.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

In a smashing victory over the Carolina Panthers to start their new season, the Eagles' quarterback, Donovan McNabb, also got smashed on a three yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

McNabb was slow getting up after the touchdown and was immediately taken to the training room. After some tests, the diagnosis is in. Donovan McNabb broke a rib in this last game.

Kevin Kolb replaced him at quarterback since Michael Vick is still ineligible until week 3. Kolb was not very effective and the Eagles did not score again after McNabb left.

The Eagles face the New Orleans Saints next week and will need an offensive attack to counter Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, and his great passing arm. Brees threw for six touchdowns today, so the Eagles need to use a decent offense to handle the Saints poor defense, and their defense needs to stop Drew Brees in order to win the football game.

The Eagles had five interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown on defense as they slaughtered the Carolina Panthers 38-10 in Carolina.

Whether Donovan McNabb plays or not is a mystery because it is a broken rib, but he has played on a broken ankle before, so my money is on McNabb returning for next week.