McNabb has shoulder issues

The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to shut down Donovan McNabb due to what is being called shoulder tendinitis. Head coach Andy Reid said the injury is “not a big deal,” but this is still something for fantasy owners to monitor.

Donovan McNabb, QB
Philadelphia Eagles

2007 statistics
Comp: 291
Att: 473
Yards: 3,324
TDs/INTs: 19/7

McNabb was on what amounts to a pitch count for baseball pitchers in recent workouts, but now he won’t practice for the remainder of this week. Reid compared this ailment to the one McNabb endured in 2004, when the team also decided to shut him down during OTAs.

“We will back off of him just like we did in 2004, and he should be ready for training camp,” Reid told philadelphiaeagles.com. “No surgery, and there should be no repercussions from it. He’ll just get treatment for about two weeks here, and he’ll be ready to go.”

The veteran signal-caller out of Syracuse will start a rehabilitation program that consists mostly of rest before he’ll be allowed to throw a football again, which could be in a few short weeks.

McNabb was selected as a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in most 2007 drafts, but he produced less like a starter and more like a reserve in most formats. He was extremely inconsistent, as 61 percent of his touchdown passes in the fantasy season came in three starts. McNabb also failed to reach double-digit fantasy points on NFL.com in three starts and had minus-2 points in another contest. He also missed two starts due to injuries.

He did finish the season on a high note, however, as McNabb threw for 816 yards with five touchdowns in his final three starts. That could indicate he re-gained mental and physical confidence in his reconstructed right knee.

But based on his long line of injuries at the pro level, not to mention this latest shoulder ailment, McNabb has to be considered one of the biggest risk-reward fantasy players at his position.

McNabb is ranked ninth at the quarterback position on NFL.com.

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