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As if the Patriots needed any help, injuries are now plaguing the teams which stand between the Pats and an undefeated regular season. A week after Bills stud rookie RB Marshawn Lynch missed the Patriots 56-10 “Beatdown in Buffalo”, Eagles starting QB Donovan “Chunky Soup” McNabb missed practice on Tuesday and might not play this weekend because of ankle and thumb injuries. From ESPN.com:
“You want to be smart, but you want to get out there and play,” McNabb said.
McNabb hurt his thumb early in Philadelphia’s 17-7 win over Miami, and left the game after he sprained his right ankle in the second quarter. A.J. Feeley led the Eagles to a pair of touchdowns and would start against the Patriots if McNabb can’t play.
Coach Andy Reid said McNabb’s ankle swelled up Tuesday. A day earlier, it seemed the thumb injury was more of a concern.
“Right now the ankle is a little more swollen than the thumb,” Reid said. “We’ll take it day by day and see how he goes.”
My Take: When it rains, it pours. Though McNabb seems to be on the outs in Philadelphia and backup A.J. Feeley might actually be a better fit for the Eagles at this time, McNabb is still a gamer and has the ability to make big plays. His absence would place heavy emphasis on Brian Westbrook to shoulder the load offensively. We’ll have a full preview on Sunday, but the Patriots are looking pretty strong to cover the current 23.5 point spread that Vegas has placed on the game – reported to be one of the largest point spreads against a non-expansion team in NFL history.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!