Donovan McNabb Breaks Ankle!

Andrew OContributor IJanuary 27, 2009

Week 11 2002 Season

            On the third play of the game Arizona Cardinal’s safety Adrian Wilson sacked McNabb. McNabb got up slowly, holding his right leg. He was taken to the locker room and got his ankle wrapped up. They thought it was a sprained ankle, but afterwards they found out it was broken. He came back in the second series and led the team to a win going 20-25 with 255 yards and 4 touchdowns.

            When they found out after the game it was a broken ankle most people thought he would be out for the season, but he came back in the playoffs to go 1-1 that year in the playoffs. The break was not severe enough where he had to have surgery, instead he was given the decision. Each ankle fracture treatment is diagnosed differently due to the fact that one of two, or sometimes both, bones break. The Tibia carries 90% of the body weight while the fibula only carries 10% of the body weight.

            When an ankle is fractured it is determined through the use of an X-Ray. Ice and the use of elevation are used to help with the swelling of the ankle. A splint and cast are put around the ankle, at first it is usually a splint to allow room for swelling, then a cast to heal the bones together. Crutches are used to take the weight off of the bones that normally would carry the weight of the entire human body. Through constant rehab treatment and a strong personal effort Donovan was able to return in eight weeks to the second round of the playoffs. This was one of the top 10 toughest moments in NFL history according to the NFL Network.

I was writing this for my high school Kinesiology class, so I figured I would put it on here to remind you of some Andy Reid era glory moments.