Eagles QB McNabb undergoes knee surgery

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA (TICKER) —Donovan McNabb’s road to recovery is under way.

The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the reconstructive surgery, which also included repairing some meniscus damage in McNabb’s knee.

The recovery time for a torn ACL usually is eight to 12 months. However, Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said that he is optimistic McNabb, barring any setbacks, could be ready for the team’s season opener in 2007.

“I think everything lines up perfectly, time-wise,” Burkholder said. “The percentages say he has a good chance to play.”

McNabb suffered his second straight season-ending injury in a 31-13 loss to Tennessee on November 19.

Last season, McNabb missed the final seven games after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia. He missed the final six games in 2002 with a broken leg, then returned for the playoffs.

McNabb also missed the final six games in 2002 with a broken leg, then returned for the playoffs.

McNabb, 30, finished this season with 2,647 passing yards and 18 touchdowns with six interceptions in 10 games.

Veteran Jeff Garcia made his first start in place of McNabb in last week’s 45-21 loss at Indianapolis. He completed 19-of-23 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

Philadelphia (5-6) has lost five of its last six games following a 4-1 start.


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Updated Tuesday, Nov 28, 2006