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McNabb Misses Pratice, Availability in Flux

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!

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One comment for “McNabb Misses Pratice, Availability in Flux”

  1. Facts sir. The Patriots last I checked were favored by 23.5 point. The only higher spread was Steelers vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1979 where the defending Super Bowl Champ Steelers were 24 point favorites. And they covered 42-0. So if the Patriots get a spread of over 24 points, they have made history.

    Posted by Dan | November 21, 2007, 1:03 pm

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