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I'll add an addendum to this question so I can answer it more accurately. Can the Eagles compete without Donovan McNabb for a few games? Sure. The Eagles defense was fantastic last year and if their performance on the road against the Panthers was any sign of things to come it may be even better this year.

The offense has weapons. Brian Westbrook looks to have no ill effects from his offseason surgery, LeSean McCoy looked good, DeSean Jackson is budding star. Plus, the Eagles have pretty dangerous special teams. The aforementioned DeSean Jackson returned a punt for a TD Sunday, (the 2nd of his career) and kick returner Ellis Hobbs was the best in the AFC last year.

A great defense, explosive skill players, and dangerous special teams is enough to win some games without McNabb.

Can the Eagles compete without McNabb long term? No. Kevin Kolb is a question mark at best and Michael Vick isn't ready to start at QB in this league right now. Maybe later in the season, but not right now.

The Eagles have just two games before their bye, so even if McNabb thinks he can go this week I'd give serious thought to shutting him down until after the week off. If the Eagles split the next two games without him, they'll be in great shape. Even if they lose both, they've come back from much worse than 1-2.

By Jason Brewer  |  September 14, 2009; 1:27 AM ET  | Category:  Medical , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Of course we don't know how Donovan McNabb feels or functions with that cracked rib, but this conference game with New Orleans this week is crucially important (playoff tie-breakers are at stake).

And... if he doesn't suit up, someone now on the roster has to get cut for another QB (Feeley? Garcia?). This, with someone already going out the door when Michael Vick is recalled to practice.

If he could only gut out a victory this week, he could really relax for the two weeks following. I mean really relax.

Posted by: KevinShinn | September 14, 2009 10:53 AM

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