Hurting McNabb Vows to Play On
Donovan McNabb tossed touchdown passes on a broken ankle and played an NFC title game despite an agonizing rib injury.
Now McNabb is taking his biggest health risk yet: playing with a severe abdominal strain that probably will need surgery and definitely will leave Philadelphia’s quarterback in discomfort and pain all season.
“Fortunately for me, I haven’t got to the point where you just can’t go,” he said. “Once that happens, then I think the best way of handling this is not being out there. But I don’t think that would ever happen.”
McNabb is expected to start Sunday against Kansas City, but kicker David Akers will be sidelined by a torn hamstring.
Champ Bailey didn’t apologize when he learned he made Kansas City Coach Dick Vermeil mad for saying the Chiefs weren’t playing hard while he wore a microphone during Denver’s 30-10 victory Monday night, saying, “I’m doing my job, doing it well. I’m going to keep doing it and I’m going to talk about it.” .... Takeo Spikes was put on injured reserve after the Buffalo linebacker had surgery on the right Achilles’ tendon he tore in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta.... New England signed running back Amos Zereoue, who spent last season with Oakland. The Patriots’ Kevin Faulk is out because of a foot injury.
Miami linebacker Junior Seau’s calf injury has been diagnosed as a strain, and he might play in the Oct. 9 game at Buffalo.... The New York Jets signed Kliff Kingsbury to be their third quarterback.... Arizona signed former New England backup quarterback Rohan Davey after starter Kurt Warner suffered a groin injury that will keep him out of Sunday’s game against San Francisco.
Seattle cornerback Kelly Herndon and receiver Peter Warrick sat out practice. Herndon (neck) is expected to return today. Warrick (groin) remains questionable.... Minnesota cornerback Brian Williams was ruled out for Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of a sprained left knee. Receiver Nate Burleson will sit out his second consecutive game because of a sprained knee.... San Francisco says it plans to trade linebacker Jamie Winborn, who lost his job to converted defensive end Andre Carter last week.