Eagles QB Donovan McNabb left Sunday’s 38-10 season-opening victory over the Panthers midway through the third quarter with a fractured 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 Vick 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 Delhomme’s 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.