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Donovan McNabb: The progression of an injury

Sometimes it's interesting how a story plays out. Let's follow the case of Donovan McNabb's sprained ankle.

McNabb injured the ankle on Aug. 21 against the Baltimore Ravens. Given what happened in that game - fullback Mike Sellers and safety Kareem Moore both going down with knee injuries - McNabb's condition wasn't alarming. It wasn't immediately clear on which play he sprained the ankle, and indeed, because he remained in the game, most of us watching from the press box were unaware he was even hurt until he emerged from the locker room with his left ankle heavily wrapped.

That night, McNabb said the following about whether he would be able to practice the following week: "I definitely hope so. I definitely feel as if I will be out there for the next practice. We will definitely see how it recovers."

The next week, when practice began, McNabb first wore a walking boot, then an air cast. He did not practice. But the boot and the cast lasted only one day, so the injury appeared to be getting better.

"It does feel a lot better than when I actually came out of the game and the last couple of days," McNabb said last Wednesday, by which point it was clear he would miss the Jets game. "It's continued to progress over the last couple of days."

That same day, Shanahan outlined - in a hazy way -- his plan for McNabb for the preseason finale.

"The chances of Donovan playing in the Arizona game are very slim," Shanahan said. "I haven't done it in a long time, playing [a starting quarterback] in the fourth game, for obvious reasons if there is an injury. So, chances are we wouldn't go in that direction, but I can't say 100 percent at this time."

Which brings us to Sunday, the first time Shanahan or Redskins players spoke since the 16-11 victory over the Jets on Friday night. The first question from the media horde at Redskins Park was about the health of McNabb and running back Clinton Portis, who sprained an ankle against the Jets.

"[McNabb's] ankle is a little bit sore and he is getting treatment each day," Shanahan said. "Same thing with Clinton. He is doing the same and it will be day-by-day.

"Donovan, I think, is a little bit too sore right now [to practice]. I am not really sure about playing him, but I should find out more tomorrow."

Then, the question: Will the ankle injury potentially affect his availability for the Sept. 12 season opener against Dallas?

"I really don't know for sure," Shanahan said. "That is why it is day-by-day and we just need to see how it goes. Hopefully it won't be."

That all led Joseph White of The Associated Press to write the following first paragraph of his story yesterday:

It could be a smoke screen or just a cautious assessment of his quarterback's health, but Mike Shanahan says he's not certain Donovan McNabb will be available for the Washington Redskins' season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

All true. The AP has enormous reach. ESPN picks up AP stories and puts them over to the right-hand side of espn.com. This one was complete with a headline questioning McNabb's availability for a game that was, yesterday, 14 days away. SportsCenter, then, has something to sink its teeth into, too.

And that brings us to Monday, with McNabb at practice without shoulder pads or a helmet, clearly not preparing to play in the Arizona game. But does it mean he won't be ready for Dallas? Teammates are scoffing at that idea. Their new quarterback, they believe, will be there.

We'll have more on McNabb's injury and other matters after practice, which concludes around 1 p.m.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 30, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb , Mike Shanahan  
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"It wasn't immediately clear on which play he sprained the ankle, and indeed, because he remained in the game, most of us watching from the press box were unaware he was even hurt until he emerged from the locker room with his left ankle heavily wrapped."

This is shocking - how could you not notice he was hurt? McNabb went down at with around 9:00 minutes left in the second quarter - when he got up it was clearly evident he was hobbling. He hobbling the rest of the time he was in there. I kept wondering why Theisman and Mike Patrick did not mention this AND why he stayed in the game.

Posted by: Lisa_R | August 30, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I saw a bit of the Texans/Cowboys game the other night. Considering the Texans offense is pretty similar to what the skins will be running you can't help but be optimistic with the struggles the Cowboys had matching up. Nice to see the Cowboys offense struggling as well.

Posted by: skinswest | August 30, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, we're on the same page.

The day after I heard the term "high ankle sprain"... those don't heal quickly.. they take almost a whole season.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 30, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Sportscenter glorified a 50/50 story? That's so weird and completely out of character. Seriously, if we took everything they have to say at face value, Percy Harvin would have never returned to the Vikings, Brett Favre wouldn't be playing this year, Haynesworth would be an out of shape cry baby...OK, they got that one right. I can't stand it when a coach gives an honest answer and all the sudden McNabb is "questionable" for the opener when those lists aren't even released until the weekend of the game.

Posted by: emc7x | August 30, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Dik, there are different grades of high ankle sprains. Donovan was able to play on his, which means it was not a serious sprain. Either that or he's the toughest guy on the planet. I'm going with the former. He'll be fine for Dallas. I'd be shocked otherwise.

Posted by: psps23 | August 30, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Count me in the smokescreen group. McNabb plays injured all the time...not very well but he plays nonetheless. Get ready for the return of dirtballs magee. The QB that slings every other pass into the dirt or the second row.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | August 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

This is footballoutsider's 'wisdom of crowds' prediction for Portis:

"Average: 252 carries, 1,015 rushing yards, 7 TD
Maximum: 320 carries, 1,300 rushing yards, 10 TD
Minimum: 180 carries, 725 rushing yards, 3 TD"

"A year ago, we highlighted Portis as a likely candidate for regression towards the mean because of a fluky performance inside the five-yard line; he went well past the mean, ending up with one touchdown on 124 carries as part of an injury-riddled season."

"Although it seems like Portis has been around forever, he's only 29; while he has plenty of miles on his odometer, he should be able to bounce back to a reasonable level of performance...The offensive line in front of him is almost surely going to be healthier than the dying days of the Chris Samuels era, and they have a pretty good shot at playing a lot better, too. He'll have a better quarterback behind center in Donovan McNabb. The increase in Redskins victories that we're projecting also means that there will be more carries to go around. While Portis is expected to split time, the guys he'll be splitting time with are relatively useless -- Larry Johnson and Willie Parker are 2007's idea of competition. An ankle sprain last week could be a minor concern heading into the season, but it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. I think he's a bargain at an ADP of 84.8, right around question marks like Brandon Jacobs, Ricky Williams, Michael Bush, Jerome Harrison, and Carnell Williams. Of those six, I think Portis is by far the likeliest to end up as a worthwhile RB2 this year. (Poor Jerome Harrison.)"

Posted by: Samson151 | August 30, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

If McNabb is hurt I think we need to either move the team back to the city or change the name as DC is clearly cursed.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 30, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, we're on the same page.

The day after I heard the term "high ankle sprain"... those don't heal quickly.. they take almost a whole season.

Posted by: DikShuttle

They are talking about this on 980 right now. Reports it is NOT a high ankle sprain - they are 99% sure of that. Not sure how that news got out. Donovan would probably be on crutches if it were and that he definitely would not be bouncing around on the field with his teammates.

Obviously the media took Shanahan's innocent answer to a question and escalated it x 100 to = Disaster!

Posted by: Lisa_R | August 30, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This doesn't sound like much of a sprain, but then we don't have much information on it. High ankle sprains do tend to require a longer period of RICE than regular sprains. But QB has very different physical demands than other skill positions -- a lot less running, for instance -- so it's difficult to determine what sort of recovery is required. Good thing Grossman has looked OK to this point.

I guess I think we'll see John Beck and Richard Bartels this Thursday.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 30, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for this breakdown of how the story spread. It's like a game of telephone.

Posted by: chitownskinsfan | August 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that's the case.

I've seen guys play on HAS's, they just play poorly and are subject to later injury.

Given the lack of movement to find a new QB, I agree they're counting on this to be a minor annoyance for now, anyway.

Now, are we going after Bryant?

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 30, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

alex,
move back to the city and change the name...to...the WASHINGTON BUREAUCRACY!

rolls right off the tongue, no?

of course, bureaucratic concerns may keep them in landover, or whatever you call that area, for 10 more years - illustrating the unbeatable nature of a BUREAUCRACY....
----------------

i said earlier that i thought DT and MK would make the team...based on...you got it...that apparently dirty word, "potential". obviously, imo, DT is a much safer bet to make the team. how many catches must MK have on thursday for you folks to say he should make the team? i mean, it's not like any of our receivers (other than maybe armstrong, and banks as a returner) have really "seized the day."

i emphasize that i think we've got to give these guys a chance under shanahan&shanahan coaching. remember they've been laboring under less-than-ideal coaching for their whole pro careers. MK has been injured for all of camp...so...shanahan&shanahan haven't had much chance to "coach him up".

nonetheless, if shanahan&shanahan decide they've seen enough of MK and cut him, it would be disappointing, but i'd trust they're more knowledgeable than i, and interested in the same thing: the best redskins possible.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 30, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse


Obviously the media took Shanahan's innocent answer to a question and escalated it x 100 to = Disaster!


Posted by: Lisa_R | August 30, 2010 12:49 PM |

At least the media is good for something. If they could only report the facts and not try to sell us on something they want to feed us.

Posted by: hessone | August 30, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

so basically the media are a bunch of hyperbloic dunderheads who nip at your ankles like one of those annoying little yap yap dogs?

Got it.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Keim tweets TE De Morris traded to STL... not sure for what yet

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Dante Hall says hi. As does Darren Sproles, Steve Smith and any other player that was ever told they weren't big enough to play in the NFL.

Two things you can't coach: heart and speed. If he's got both and secure the ball even a little bit you keep him. Size shouldn't factor into the argument.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 30, 2010 12:29 PM

Ha, ha. Good one, brownwood. You've named three guys who are bigger than Banks.

So, what's your guess as to the percent of players who are told "you're too small" actually have a career in the NFL owing to their heart and speed? Most of the guys who they say that too are too small. Is Banks an exception? Maybe. But I see him on the practice squad.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 30, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

And yes, i get the irony.

Sometimes the yap yap dog lets you know there is something really going on, lol

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"It wasn't immediately clear on which play he sprained the ankle, and indeed, because he remained in the game, most of us watching from the press box were unaware he was even hurt until he emerged from the locker room with his left ankle heavily wrapped."

This is shocking - how could you not notice he was hurt? McNabb went down at with around 9:00 minutes left in the second quarter - when he got up it was clearly evident he was hobbling. He hobbling the rest of the time he was in there. I kept wondering why Theisman and Mike Patrick did not mention this AND why he stayed in the game.

Posted by: Lisa_R | August 30, 2010 12:32 PM

Wasn't very happy at all that he was still in there as they were rotating the starting OL out either.

Posted by: PlayAction | August 30, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Obviously the media took Shanahan's innocent answer to a question and escalated it x 100 to = Disaster!


Posted by: Lisa_R | August 30, 2010 12:49 PM |

At least the media is good for something. If they could only report the facts and not try to sell us on something they want to feed us.

Posted by: hessone

A couple years ago, I started a rumor here on this blog ... and it went national. The press will create something out of absolutely ZERO. So give them something minor to pull on, and they will milk it for way more than its worth.

Rather pathetic, but I guess as fans, we're the ones that tune in to SportsCenter, so we're ultimately the people that feed the beast.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 30, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Go BA Go. First he gets a coach coveted QB upgrade in Beck or a throw away player in Dutch.

Now, he gets "something" for another guy who was very likely going to be cut in a week.

Maybe De Mo is an add on player to a bigger deal. DT and De Mo for Atowge? Maybe AP will pick this up from me and put it on Sportscenter.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Keim tweets TE De Morris traded to STL... not sure for what yet

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 12:59 PM

He really didn't do much while he was here. Getting something back for a failed low round draft pick is a plus.

Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

FTR, Keim ain't a yap yap dog. He is more like the faithful Retriever who keeps a good eye on things.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Get used to Dmac injury updates, you will be seeing a lot of them this season. that is the type of player he is at this stage in his career, and has been for some time now. anyone thinking this guy was gonna breeze through a full season was kidding themselves.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Deadskin Dudes. Well to the first of many McNabb injuries. Enjoy Rex the Wonder-"Dog" because he's the one you'll be booing on Sundays!!! Number 5 will have his hoodie on.

Posted by: Dog-1 | August 30, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

He really didn't do much while he was here. Getting something back for a failed low round draft pick is a plus.

Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 1:08 PM

I agree. What a disappointment after seeing his highlight reel. Probably what we're getting is one of the Rams' failed low round draft picks. At best, both guys will end up on the practice squad.

Posted by: beep-beep | August 30, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Whatever grade of injury this may be, it cannot be seen as a good thing that Macca -- on whose shoulders all our hopes for this season sit -- is going to start the season hurt.

Unless he's not really hurt and he's just, you know, resting and giving Rex and the other fellows more reps. Playing possum, if you will. Which I seriously doubt.

Nonetheless, we haven't lost any games yet, and there are two weeks until kickoff vs. Dallas, etc...

By all of this, of course, I mean to say that it's probably time to start panicking.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 30, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"Keim tweets TE De Morris traded to STL... not sure for what yet..."


A young linebacker type, hopefully.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to note that both Morris and Galloway were not at practice today. Now, reports indicate Morris is being traded...I wonder if Galloway was also packaged considering STL lost Avery for the year?

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 30, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ravens cut Dutch...

Posted by: PlayAction | August 30, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Unless he's not really hurt and he's just, you know, resting and giving Rex and the other fellows more reps. Playing possum, if you will. Which I seriously doubt.


I don't doubt it at all Nate. Dmac, if healthy, was never going to play in AZ any old way. The upside, while quantifiable for the "reps" factor having missed the Jets game, is far outweighed by the risk factors. Short week, long trip, no reason ot do anything at all.

Keim: MK12 hammy setback. Ofw... sayonara.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

MK12 with significant hamstring pull in practice today.

He's done.

Posted by: 4-12 | August 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Keim: Shanny: "He (De Mo) wasn't going to make our team"

Go BA Go. The ham sandwich(like Beck) MIGHT make the team. Can't wait to find out what it is.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

ENOUGH, Mcnabb will be playing in the season opener

Posted by: BeatDontStop | August 30, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"Keim tweets TE De Morris traded to STL... not sure for what yet..."

A young linebacker type, hopefully.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 1:20 PM

Cosign.

And as for McNabb, I think Shanny is playing the injury game. McNabb will start practicing after the Arizona game and will be ready week 1.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | August 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, Malcolm Kelly. May his photograph hang forever in the Redskins' draft room as argument against drafting a dude with that kind of injury history. Not that it's impossible for things to work out, but it's an uphill battle.

Thanks for the memories, Vinny!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Kelly another pull...he's done...

Cryptic quote from Shanny on D-Mo that has implication for dudes like Jarmon and the WRs:

Rich_Campbell

Shanahan: Morris wasn't gonna make the team. "Worst thing people do is keep a draft pick just to keep a draft pick."

Posted by: chrislarry | August 30, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I knew MK was gonna do terrible tonite.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 30, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

What have we learned from this preseason?

* This offense will be the polar opposite of Jim Zorn's offense. The most notable change is the depth of the routes being run on a consistent basis. 15-25 yard routes look to be the norm in this offense, with deeper shots being sprayed in throughout the games from each QB. Gone are the days of 5 yard-routes each and every play. Gone are the days of 1 deep shot per game (if that). Kyle Shanahan will sacrifice a little bit of ball control for the threat of the deep shot, and it will pay off in the end. This will finally be an exciting offense to watch for the Redskins.

* This defense will stay true to its word on focusing on the big play. And not the "big play" in Blache's sense of focus (as in preventing it from the other team), but as in creating the big play from the defense. Hall has 2 INTs already, Landry has forced a fumble, Orakpo has drawn at least 2 holding penalties, the passing defense has stifled its opponents, and even rotational guys like Chris Wilson and Perry Riley have brought the heat to opposing QBs. A lot is still unknown as we've only seen schematically "vanilla" defenses from us so far, but the mere fact that we're creating havoc in these schemes shows good promise. I'm excited to see what we produce when Haslett's full brainchild gets to work on Sept. 12.

* Shanahan has won over the locker room with HIS competition philosophy. Devin Thomas is practicing like it's life or death for his career. Larry Johnson is relishing opportunities to run with the 3rd stringers in preseason. Haynesworth complained about unfair treatment throughout the camp, but in the end he did exactly what Shanahan had planned all along: worked on fitness until he was fit enough to practice, worked with the second team until he had progressed in the scheme enough to earn his spot among the first team, and finally earned his spot at the RDE with the first team by the 3rd preseason game. Now we've got the two of them joking about having drinks and cigars with each other. This is what you get with a proper HC.

Posted by: psps23 | August 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

MK12 with significant hamstring pull in practice today.

He's done.

Posted by: 4-12 | August 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse


But he has pedigree, size and hands!!!


Posted by: p1funk | August 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | August 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

A young linebacker type, hopefully.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 1:20 PM

Cosign.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | August 30, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Make it a triple.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | August 30, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"I'm very concerned about running the ball. How do we know if it's a problem with our geriatric RBs or if it's the run blocking or both?"

I'm not. We ran pretty well against Buffalo, the Ravens and the Jets were nos. 1 and 4 in fewest yards per rushing attempt surrendered last season, and our O-line is trying to integrate three new starters. With time, some opponents with less formidable rushing defenses, and pruning some of the dead wood at RB (i.e., Johnson and/or Parker), our running game should turn out to be a strength, as it usually is with Shanahan's teams.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | August 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I knew MK was gonna do terrible tonite.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 30, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

My order in what you look at when drafting.

Injury History
Caricature
Speed/Strength

Posted by: alex35332 | August 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Shar Pourdanesh is also available.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 30, 2010 9:53 AM |

How many times are you going to use that line ?
Talk about stale.

Posted by: hessone

He'll probably stop when I stop adding my equally lame comeback:

"I got two words for you: Mo Elewanibi."

Posted by: TheCork | August 30, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Looks like the MK12 experiment has hit the end of the line.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | August 30, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Keim tweets TE De Morris traded to STL... not sure for what yet..."


It was always a head-scratching pick. The last thing this team needed was depth at TE or H-back (whichever variation you prefer).

Posted by: p1funk | August 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Might be a smart play to sit McNabb against Dallas - cause the
Dallas nosetackle owns Rabach and is going to get quick pressure right up the middle. Rabach is also terrible at picking up blitzes. Whoever the QB is he is going to have to be prepared to run for his life Jason Campbell style. Sit McNabb and let Rexy take that beating. Center was a position that had to be upgraded and wasn't.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 30, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Really thats a shocker.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 30, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

galloway wasnt part of trade, was at a funeral

Posted by: jasonbrown20 | August 30, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Excellent story -- one which had me puzzled too. How is it, I wondered, that McNabb's ankle gets progressively worse every day I wake up and read/hear an update?! At this rate I half expect to hear this afternoon that he is "doubtful until mid-season" followed by " out for the year" by end of tomorrow?!!

Posted by: redrocket | August 30, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I wished this thread was never posted. Anyone with a half a brain - even in here - could tell that this was not an injury that was going to last 3 or 4 weeks leading to the 9/12 opener. It's amazing how one can ask a question, get no definitive answer and then can massage that answer into a story of how McNabb might not play.

I saw this for what it was worth from DAY ONE and was hoping the less-than-sophisticated Dallas fans and even the Cowbiotches staff would read this as a distinct possibility the Season would open with Sexy Rexy at the helm.

I am starting to lump bloggers/sports reporters in with elementary school teachers. After nothing to do over the summer, their brains get mushy. This isn't news, it's news about something that was never news to begin with.

Here's the REAL NEWS:

I guess the WaPo doesn't have one employee who is capable of getting a quote from McNabb stating that he's going to be ready to play on September 12th.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 30, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, we're on the same page.

The day after I heard the term "high ankle sprain"... those don't heal quickly.. they take almost a whole season.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 30, 2010 12:35 PM |

See Stephen Davis.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | August 30, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out the point of this story. If you watched the Ravens game, when the linebacker(#59?) bull-dogged McNabb down, I immediately thought that he tore McNabb's left knee apart or at least hyper-extended it-so I'm not suprised he didn't play& may not make it to the Cowboys game.

I don't get why the RI is trying to add an angle of intrigue about this injury-all they had to do was watch the game.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Whatever grade of injury this may be, it cannot be seen as a good thing that Macca -- on whose shoulders all our hopes for this season sit -- is going to start the season hurt.

Unless he's not really hurt and he's just, you know, resting and giving Rex and the other fellows more reps. Playing possum, if you will. Which I seriously doubt.

Nonetheless, we haven't lost any games yet, and there are two weeks until kickoff vs. Dallas, etc...

By all of this, of course, I mean to say that it's probably time to start panicking.

Posted by: NateinthePDX
~~~
Hey Nate,are you trying to get away with a racial bomb with the "Macca" bull$ht?!?!?

As in macacca-the racial bomb that George Allen threw out?
Boy, you White men, never stop with your garbage, but I guess I'm playing the RACE CARD by pointing your sorry-a$$ out, huh?

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 30, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Obviously none of us knows for sure whether McNabb will play against Dallas. But it is pretty obvious that -- either way -- McNabb isn't going to be playing for a good portion of this season if he can't even get through a couple of quarters of pre-season.

Rex Grossman is going to be this team's quarterback by the midway point of the season -- at the latest.

Get used to it.

Posted by: noslok | August 30, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Rex Grossman is going to be this team's quarterback by the midway point of the season -- at the latest.

Get used to it.

Posted by: noslok
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I'm an RG fan, so I think Skins' fans will be pleasantly suprised at how he plays with more support and away from the poisonous Bears media & fan base and Lovie Smith,one of the most overrated coaches in quite a bit of time.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 30, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

sounds like fat albert has rubbed off on the team. we are doomed even before the season starts. little dannys curse continues!!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | August 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Like Lisa R said in the first post, McNabb was hurt early on and continued to play. Stevie Wonder probably saw it. If Joe Theisman had just stopped running his mouth for ONE minutes he may have noticed it also.

I'm sure we would have won another super bowl had Joe not gotten injured BUT his voice annoys the heck out of me and I'm sure many of you say the same thing I constantly yell during the games - Joe just SHUT UP man! Still love him though.

Posted by: keedrow | August 30, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm an RG fan, so I think Skins' fans will be pleasantly suprised at how he plays with more support and away from the poisonous Bears media & fan base and Lovie Smith,one of the most overrated coaches in quite a bit of time.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | August 30, 2010 3:50 PM
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Yeah, that supportive fan base we have. We're Philly South. Ask Jason Campbell. Even if Lovie Smith is overrated, the same could be said for Zoron, and he's rated as a "disaster." I actually think "catastrophe" would be a more accurate rating.

I pray that Beck replaces Grossman as #2 (actually, that's #1 since they're 'behind' McHurt) as soon as possible.

I tried to give the guy a chance, but the "500-like" balls he's been throwing, compounded by the botched end zone snap/kick outta bounds, led me to admit that Grossman is still Grossman and will always be Grossman. And that definitely sucks and I blame Kyle Shanahan for even entertaining the idea of bringing him here. The guy is a walking blooper reel.

Kelly pulled his hamstring again? Wow. I can just see the trainers hustling a giant fork onto the practice field. He is indeed "Done."

Posted by: Thinker_ | August 30, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

McNabb had problems playing & getting out of the way of the Defensive Pass rush when he was at Phila. Phila has a waaaay better Offensive Line the Washington does.

Why doesn't the coach & others concentrate their efforts into getting McNabb a better OLine and they should have quit swapping the 2nd stringers out there when he was playing the last time.
Didn't see Pittsburgh or Dallas put their FRANCHISE QB out there with 2nd rate Oline players. That is a COACHING ERROR.

Posted by: digtldesk | August 30, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Ankle sprains are with an athlete the entire season. Only total rest and rehab for months will bring an injured ankle back to 100%. Playing on the injured ankle will negate all positive rehab efforts. I've had 15 ankle sprains in my 1500 game semi-pro career and not one has healed during season. My stats during an ankle sprain season always went downhill, I played 'till I was 37 and even when younger could not recover enough to have a stellar season. McNab and Portis will be "nagged" by ankle misery the whole season.

Posted by: bev1 | August 30, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Ankle sprains are with an athlete the entire season. Only total rest and rehab for months will bring an injured ankle back to 100%. Playing on the injured ankle will negate all positive rehab efforts. I've had 15 ankle sprains in my 1500 game semi-pro career and not one has healed during season. My stats during an ankle sprain season always went downhill, I played 'till I was 37 and even when younger could not recover enough to have a stellar season. McNab and Portis will be "nagged" by ankle misery the whole season.

Posted by: bev1 | August 30, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Shaun Suisham was a spy from Dallas, look what he did for us... Missed clutch field goals. Why did anyone expect anything different from McNabb? You should never sign under free agency (or any other means) a player that has been established and has a history with another team that is within your own division. Even if he is getting paid how do you know (or not) if he was just sent there to undermine you as an opponent? Are the Redskins that dumb not to see through this? Where did Suisham go back to? McNabb is an Eagle, through and through and his trade was a mistake to undermine an opponent. Ceratto erred on Suisham but Bruce this one's on you. His performance and the season will tell.

Posted by: JimB20009 | August 30, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Redskin fans -

Shanahan plays these games all the time.
Better get used to it.

Posted by: daveque | August 30, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinkin they could tell us the leg has to come off and McNabb would be out there for Dallas. There's no way he cannot know the importance of this game in DC. And if he wins that game, I say we petition the city for a Donovan McNabb day. Go Skins!

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | August 30, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Skids fans will be lucky if McNabb plays as much as Albert Hamsworth.

But owner Schneider has placed reports about Donovan's unavailability on close-hold.

The Dannielle knows, as we do, and did, that obtaining McNabb, an "old 33", was a mistake.

Posted by: kinkysr | August 30, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Executive summary of this article: "why did I do a bad job as a journalist and fail to notice that McNabb's injury is important news?" lol

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | August 30, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

haven't read the posts but we should all be aware of we (the redskins) get only negative press outside of DC. here in charlotte they ran a big story, with much more type space then even their own stories about panthers get, about how off the wall strange donovan is. It was written by a philly writer(in GQ i think) about a redskins player in a town that has it's own football team. All media outlets have enjoyed their own spin on the haynesworth saga and never, ever is it positive. As in shannahan is imposing his will and authority/ My main reasoning for all the negative press we get is because of "arse clown" past administrations and Dannyboy himself. he has made this franchise a laughing stock to be ridiculed whenever they get the chance. then perception becomes truth and thats all you end up getting even from alot of washington writers. negative spin on everything. that's my negative spin on the negative spin we receive and why. having said that, our owner deserves most of what we get and as long as he is counting money, he'll put an idiot like vinny on the radio when he happens to win a few games so he doesn't even handle some success very well....God help us all....HAIL!

Posted by: klangley69 | August 30, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Methinks maybe he has gotten a little too much "Chicken" in that Chunky Soup!

P'Kuuuck!

How about them COWBOYS!

& Hook-em ~v~

Posted by: SAINT---The | August 30, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

here we go, the wapo censorship machine in full flow..i called the cowboys fan a d-bag so i must be punished...as i said on my censored post, why would a cowboy fan even look at anything redskins unless he was afraid himself..as a skins fan you couldn't pay me to go look at anything drugboy related, mush less take time to post such nonsense...how bout them cowboys(d-bag), how bout them cowboys not being able to score. thats what i am talking bout. i can only hope when your stretched face owner feel s he has to go onto the sidelines( believe me when i say they will never, ever win anything while he continues to do that) that he gets rolled up on and breaks his legs...when the buck stops with the owner and not the coach, you will never win anything again. That now the difference between our teams now..our owner finally gets that. The players will never go completely all out for a coach if the buck doesn't stop with him. End of story!!!! f- the cowpukes!

Posted by: klangley69 | August 30, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

CENSORSHIP...u suck jason!!!!

Posted by: klangley69 | August 30, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Seemed like a really good post. I read the byline and can't say I was surprised.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 31, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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