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Torn ACL ends McNabb's year; swelling delays surgery

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb tore a ligament in his right
knee and will miss the rest of the season, the third time in five
years the Eagles will finish a campaign without their hard-luck
quarterback.

McNabb was rolling to his right and was bumped out of bounds
after throwing an incomplete pass Sunday when he grabbed his leg in
pain early in the second quarter of Philadelphia's 31-13 loss to
the Titans.

He was immediately tended to by trainers, carted off the field
and later taken to a hospital. The Eagles said McNabb, a five-time
Pro Bowl selection in the midst of a possible career year, tore his
anterior cruciate ligament.

"That's normally an eight-month-to-a-year injury," Eagles
coach Andy Reid said, "so he's done for the year."

According to reports on the Eagles Web site, McNabb was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday. The famed orthopedic surgeon concluded that swelling in the knee would prevent immediate surgery.

McNabb was officially placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Linebacker Torrance Daniels was promoted from the practice squad
to take McNabb's roster spot. Quarterback Omar Jacobs was signed to
the practice squad.

McNabb will work with Eagles staff for the next two to three weeks to reduce swelling. Philadelphia head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder updated McNabb's condition on Monday, saying the quarterback also suffered minor meniscus damage.

"[McNabb] accepts that injuries are part of the game. He is disappointed, I know," Burkholder told philadelphiaeagles.com. "The last thing I said to him last night when he was leaving was, 'We'll get you right,' and he said, 'We've got to get these guys right.'
His concern was his teammates more than him at the time. I don't think any of us expect anything less out of Donovan."

While Burkholder acknowledged that the recovery time for this kind of injury is almost a year, he also said, "Some depends on what happens when they get in there and look around to see whether there is any other damage."

McNabb came into Sunday's game tied with Peyton Manning for the
league lead with 18 touchdown passes and was second in the league
with 2,569 yards passing.

Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who bumped McNabb out of
bounds on the play, said he was trying to get a hand in the
quarterback's face as he was trying to get off the pass.

"I really feel bad for him," Vanden Bosch said. "You know I
never play with the intent to get anybody hurt and I've been
through two ACL injuries myself and you know my thoughts and
prayers go out to him."

McNabb was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Garcia, who finished
the game 26-for-48 for 189 yards and threw a touchdown pass to L.J. Smith.

"You never think he's not going to get up and come back on the
field," Garcia said. "He's a great player and he was having a
great year. And he is a leader on this team and he will be missed
in many ways."

The Eagles fell to 5-5 with the loss, but Reid said he would
expect the team to bounce back.

"He's a great player," Reid said. But "we can still win
football games with the guys that we have."

McNabb missed the final seven games last season with a sports
hernia and Philadelphia finished 6-10, a frustrating follow-up to
the Eagles' Super Bowl run. McNabb also sat out the final six
regular-season games of the 2002 season with a broken ankle before
returning for the playoffs.

The Eagles were 2-5 with Mike McMahon filling in for McNabb last
season and went 5-1 with Koy Detmer and A.J. Feeley starting the
last six games in '02.

McNabb was 6-for-13 for 78 yards and threw an interception in
the end zone before leaving the game.

Reid said he would determine later whether Garcia would start in
place of McNabb against Indianapolis next week. Feeley was
re-signed by the Eagles in the preseason and is the team's third
quarterback.