Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has a sports hernia that will require surgery, team officials said yesterday. But McNabb and Eagles officials said they hope McNabb can tolerate the pain and play the entire season before undergoing surgery.
"I look forward to playing every game this year," McNabb said at a news conference in Philadelphia.
A sports hernia is defined as a tear in the muscles of the lower abdomen. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said that McNabb had been examined by two doctors since last week who agreed that his condition can be classified as a sports hernia. McNabb arrived at training camp in July with abdominal pain, Burkholder said, then aggravated the injury during the Eagles' victory over the San Francisco 49ers 11 days ago.
The condition is "something you can play with," Burkholder said. "It is uncomfortable. Rest does not correct the problem. . . . It's something that hopefully we'll be able to manage."
Burkholder said that McNabb's condition won't worsen if he plays, although the injury might become more painful. "Pain is really the thing that limits what he can do," said Burkholder, who indicated that McNabb will take anti-inflammatory medication.
McNabb said he felt better yesterday than he did in the middle of last week.
Also, Coach Andy Reid said that Eagles kicker David Akers will miss Sunday's game at Kansas City because of his torn hamstring muscle.
Pennington: Not Good
The New York Jets said in a written statement that orthopedist James Andrews, after examining quarterback Chad Pennington on Tuesday in Birmingham, agreed with the diagnosis of the team's medical staff that Pennington has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Andrews is to re-evaluate Pennington in two to three weeks, the club said in its statement. That came after an NFL source said late Tuesday that Andrews was uncertain following the examination whether Pennington had a new tear that would require surgery.
The Jets signed Kliff Kingsbury to be their No. 3 quarterback behind new starter Brooks Bollinger and just-signed backup Vinny Testaverde. . . .
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn said it was "a mockery" that the NFL made the club play its first scheduled home game of the season at Giants Stadium against the New York Giants this month.
"The Saints aren't going to be the first team that they made a mockery of," Horn said on a conference call with reporters.