Eagles Staying Optimistic About McNabb

Justin HulseyCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 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)

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Donovan McNabb hobbled off the field Sunday after being crunched by several defenders on his three-yard touchdown run.

The Eagle’s had no problem winning their bout with the Carolina Panthers in week one, but had a big scare in the third quarter when McNabb went down. He limped to the locker room and was later said to have a “single cracked rib” on the left side.

Andy Reid refuses to rule out Donovan for week two, but does say, “He’s sore right now. He’s got a broken rib. We’ll just see how he does over the next little bit … He will struggle to practice with cracked rib, but he’s going to try and battle through it.”

Reid had no problem discussing the injury with reporters. However, McNabb, who everybody really wanted to talk to, opted not to enlighten us fantasy owners who may have big decisions to make this week.

Jay Glazer, NFL insider for Fox Sports, says a Philadelphia Eagle (did not specify) told him that McNabb was definitely out for the upcoming game. With Michael Vick watching games from the luxury box until week three, Kevin Kolb will get the start if McNabb does not play.

I’ve said it all along: Come week three, if McNabb is still injured or not playing well, you know what is going to happen in Philly. Actually, if you listen real closely, you can already hear Eagle fans chanting “WE WANT VICK, WE WANT VICK, WE WANT VICK!!!”.

McNabb once played four quarters with a broken ankle, so there is a real possibility he plays in a BIG game this coming Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. With that said, from what I have heard, I would say McNabb will not play this weekend.

Therefore, if you own him, I would suggest you find yourself a fill-in. If you have a decent backup, awesome. If not, look for guys like Joe Flacco, Shaun Hill, or Jason Campbell for this week two.

Until next time, take it easy.
- Jay -