Donovan McNabb Injury Update: Left Game with Broken Rib, Status Uncertain

Midwest Sports FansAnalyst ISeptember 13, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles lays on the ground after injuring his knee 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)

Donovan McNabb left today’s Eagles-Panthers game with an apparent rib injury. He walked off the field under his own power and went to the locker room. No further updates available yet on his status.

Kevin Kolb mopped up for the Eagles in a game that was never close, thanks to the Panthers' Jake Delhomme who threw four picks.

The initial prognosis and injury update on McNabb, courtesy of Pro Football Talk (via ESPN’s Chris Mortensen) is that Donovan McNabb has a broken rib. As of right now, no specific timetable is known regarding how long McNabb might be out.

A more recent post by Pro Football Talk highlights the likelihood that McNabb’s availability will hinge on his ability to withstand the pain the broken rib will provide.

Additionally, the team and McNabb will have to wait until tomorrow when further tests reveal the extent of the injury and how much risk of future injury McNabb might be running by playing next week.

And, of course, there is this reality: Michael Vick is eligible to play starting Week Three.

It has been pretty obvious this preseason, based on the subtext of some of McNabb’s public comments, that he feels somewhat threatened by the presence of Vick. I’ll echo what the PFT guys say: Kevin Kolb may start next week, but if McNabb can walk, he’ll be on the field come Week Three.