|Eagles QB McNabb sprains ankle; Giants LB Kiwanuka breaks leg|
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|Sunday, 18 November 2007 16:30|
McNabb was injured in the second quarter of the Eagles' 17-7 victory against the winless Miami Dolphins. He came out for the second half in his uniform.
Despite a strong game from backup A.J. Feeley, Eagles coach Andy Reid is sticking with his starter, who threw two interceptions in limited action against the Dolphins.
``If Donovan's healthy, he's the quarterback,'' Reid said.
McNabb's injury comes nearly a full year after his season ended with a torn knee ligament. X-rays were negative Sunday, and he stood on the sideline for the second half.
McNabb played a full game after breaking the same ankle in November 2002. He missed the rest of that regular season, the first of three times he went down for the season in mid-November.
McNabb also had a bandage on his throwing hand at the postgame press conference and said he jammed his thumb on a different play.
``I'm going to make sure I'm right to get back out there,'' he said.
The New York Giants' 16-10 win over Detroit came with a big price: linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka broke his left leg and running back Brandon Jacobs was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Kiwanuka might be out for the season.
``It's obviously a big loss for us,'' Coughlin said.
Kiwanuka was hurt when teammate Osi Umenyiora rolled into him while making a tackle on the second play of the game. He was helped off the field, keeping his left foot off the ground, and was later taken away on a cart. X-rays revealed Kiwanuka broke his fibula.
Late in the third quarter, Jacobs limped off the field while trying to keep weight off his left leg and did not return.
``We'll have to evaluate that,'' said Coughlin, who wasn't sure how serious the injury was.
Lions backup safety Idress Bashir injured his right knee on the opening kickoff and was carted off the field.
Adrian Peterson, out with a knee injury, watched from the Minnesota sideline in a sweat suit as Chester Taylor did a good impersonation of the heralded rookie. Taylor had 202 total yards and three touchdowns in a 29-22 win against the Oakland Raiders.
``Chester has been overshadowed the entire year with Adrian, but I would take Chester Taylor on my team any time,'' center Matt Birk said. ``He runs hard. He fights for every last yard he can get.''
Both teams lost their top cornerbacks to unspecified injuries, Nnamdi Asamouga for the Raiders and Antoine Winfield for the Vikings.
Jacksonville won for the third time in four games, but learned after the game that linebacker Mike Peterson broke his right hand and will be sidelined indefinitely. The injury came on the day David Garrard threw two touchdown passes in his return from an ankle injury.
``He broke it in several places and the question will be whether or not four or five weeks from now he can play with a big club or not,'' Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. ``We'll have to assess that. Right now, he's definitely going to be out for a few weeks.''
Without Peterson, the Jaguars probably will move outside linebacker Daryl Smith into the middle and insert rookie second-round pick Justin Durant into the starting lineup.
The Jaguars also could be without cornerback Rashean Mathis next week against Buffalo. Mathis strained his groin in the first half and did not return.
Baltimore quarterback Kyle Boller was sacked six times and committed three turnovers starting in place of an injured and ineffective Steve McNair (shoulder). But Boller led the Ravens on four scoring drives in the fourth quarter and went 22-for-41 for 279 yards in a 33-30, overtime loss to Cleveland, who lost defensive back Eric Wright to a knee injury in the first quarter.
Baltimore defensive tackle Trevor Pryce (chest) left with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
Arizona's Kurt Warner, playing despite a torn ligament in his non-throwing elbow, went 16-of-28 for 211 yards and two touchdowns, making one of the completions with his injured arm in a 35-27 win over the Bengals.
The Cardinals were missing Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson, who was inactive with a heel injury.
Atlanta was hit hard by injuries in its home loss to Tampa Bay. Defensive tackle Trey Lewis appeared to sustain a season-ending knee injury, and offensive tackle Todd Weiner aggravated his left knee, which already needed surgery this season. Tight End Dwayne Blakley (neck, head) and defensive tackle Rod Coleman (arm, hand) also went down.
Peyton Manning again looked ragged with Marvin Harrison (bruised left knee) out for the fourth straight week.
At halftime of the Colts' game against Kansas City, Manning's passer rating was only 23.4 and despite a masterful closing drive to set up Adam Vinatieri's winning kick, Manning still finished only 16-of-32 for 163 yards with one interception and a 52.0 rating.
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson sat out with an injured right foot. Priest Holmes, who missed two seasons with a spinal chord injury, replaced him in the starting lineup and gained 55 yards on 19 carries.
With Alex Smith sitting out with a sore throwing arm, Trent Dilfer was 20-of-42 with an interception for San Francisco in a loss to St. Louis.
In Green Bay, Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly injured his shoulder, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he should be available for Thursday's game at Detroit. McCarthy said running back Ryan Grant had a ``mild'' ankle sprain after another good game, gaining 88 yards on 20 carries. His availability for Thursday was not clear.
Maurice Morris started for Shaun Alexander (sprained knee) for the second consecutive game, and had a 19-yard touchdown run against Chicago. The Bears relegated Brian Griese to the emergency, No. 3 quarterback role for the Bears a week after he sprained his left (non-throwing) shoulder at Oakland. Rex Grossman was 24-for-37 for 266 yards, but had a late fumble that helped Seattle seal the victory.
The Jets beat Pittsburgh without a true fullback after placing Stacy Tutt on injured reserve Saturday and declaring Darian Barnes inactive against the Steelers. Pittsburgh rookie outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley was inactive against the Jets.
In Dallas, Santana Moss, playing with a specially rigged cleat to protect a bruised right heel, caught nine passes for 121 yards and a touchdown but Washington lost to the Cowboys 28-23.