Eagles QB Donovan McNabb
left Sunday’s 38-10 season-opening
victory over the Panthers midway through the third quarter with a broken rib
and didn’t return.
The Eagles announced that McNabb suffered a rib injury soon after he left the
game, and coach Andy Reid
confirmed the severity of the injury
during his postgame press conference.
McNabb was injured with 7:07 remaining in the quarter when a player landed
on his back after he crossed the goal line on a 3-yard touchdown run. McNabb
was in obvious pain as he stayed down on the field, but he later walked off
under his own power. Trainers checked his lower back and ribs on the
Eagles’ sideline before McNabb eventually walked off the field under his
power to the locker room. He later returned to finish the game on the sideline
with his teammates.
McNabb was replaced by backup QB Kevin Kolb
. With Michael
suspended for the first two games of the season, the Eagles are
carrying only two quarterbacks on their active roster.
The Eagles already were leading 38-10 when McNabb was injured, so it’s
questionable whether he would have returned, even if he was able. The Panthers
turned over the ball on the first play of the next possession on QB Jake
fourth interception of the day, at which point Reid
turned to Kolb.
McNabb went 10-of-18 passing for 79 yards with two touchdowns and one
interception, and he added 27 rushing yards and the TD run.