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McNabb out for 6-8 weeks

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published November 18, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- It's a broken bone that could mean a broken season for the Eagles.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb broke his right ankle early in Sunday's 38-14 win over the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium. He finished the game, but might be lost for the season.

"It's normally a 6-8 week injury," coach Andy Reid said. There are six weeks left in the regular season.

McNabb, who became the league's highest-paid player when he signed a $113-million contract in September, will be reevaluated by the team medical staff. He might have to decide between having surgery or allowing the bone to heal on its own.

Reid, McNabb and the medical staff thought the ankle was sprained until a postgame X-ray revealed the fracture. The team said the break was "clean" and didn't appear to have been made worse when he continued to play.

"I know he was hurting," Reid said. "We obviously didn't know this. We thought he sprained his ankle, and I wanted to make sure he could push off it, and he was able to do that."

"I actually didn't want anybody to touch it," McNabb said. "When the game was going on, I just tried to do whatever it took to win the game."

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BENGALS: Cornerback Jeff Burris left in the first quarter with a severe headache.

BRONCOS: Quarterback Brian Griese sprained his left knee late in the third quarter. An MRI is scheduled today. Griese was injured after completing a pass to Rod Smith when Seattle's Rocky Bernard rolled up on Griese's knee. The Seahawks were assessed a penalty. "The doctor thinks it's second degree," Griese said. "It's pretty sore."

CARDINALS: Running back Joel Makovicka left the game at halftime with a concussion.

CHARGERS: Linebacker Donnie Edwards and guard Bob Hallen were knocked out of the game with concussions and guard Michael Keathley sprained an ankle.

COLTS: Running back Edgerrin James, who missed the previous two games with hamstring and rib injuries, left in the fourth quarter after getting his ankle rewrapped. Team officials said he was not injured.

COWBOYS: Pro Bowl safety Darren Woodson strained his right groin in the first half and did not return.

DOLPHINS: Receiver Cris Carter, released from a hospital Friday after being treated for a kidney problem, watched from the sideline. He's expected to miss at least one more game. "I'm getting better every day," he said, "and you always feel better when you win."

49ERS: Offensive tackle Derrick Deese sprained an ankle.

GIANTS: Receiver Herman Moore warmed up before the game but was inactive for his first game with New York.

LIONS: Receiver Az-Zahir Hakim will miss the rest of the season after dislocating and fracturing his left hip in the first quarter. He was taken off on a stretcher after being tackled by Jon McGraw and John Abraham on a 14- yard catch. ... Defensive end Robert Porcher left with a hyperextended right knee and defensive tackle Luther Elliss sprained an ankle.

PACKERS: Guard Marco Rivera sprained his right knee in the first quarter and didn't return.

RAVENS: Receiver Javin Hunter suffered a concussion in the first half.

SAINTS: Cornerback Fred Thomas was knocked out when he took a knee to the head making a tackle on Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler. Thomas was motionless on the turf for several minutes, then ran off.

SEAHAWKS: Rookie running back Maurice Morris was declared inactive. He strained his right hamstring in practice last week.

STEELERS: Center Jeff Hartings and linebacker James Farrior each hurt a knee and will be re-evaluated today.

SUPPLEMENTS: The league has sent every team a memo warning that they are subject to fines if they supply players, knowingly or not, with banned supplements. The memo said a team has been disciplined, without saying which one. ESPN and CBS reported that the Raiders were the team in question. Last week Carolina rookie Julius Peppers was suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned substance in a dietary supplement.

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