Originally created 11/22/06

McNabb put on IR, year officially over



PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles placed Dono-van McNabb on injured reserve Tuesday, ending the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback's season early for the year in a row.

McNabb tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Sunday's 31-13 loss to Tennessee, and will likely have surgery within a month. He's expected to be sidelined for at least eight months.

McNabb, who turns 30 Satur-day, was having one of the best statistical seasons of his eight-year career. He finished with 2,647 yards passing, 18 TDs, six interceptions and a passer rating of 95.5.

The Eagles hoped McNabb would have surgery this week, but he went to see renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and it was determined he had too much swelling in his knee to operate this soon.

Either Jeff Garcia or A.J. Feeley will start in McNabb's place for the Eagles (5-5) against Indianapolis on Sunday.

COWBOYS: Donovan McNabb shouldn't expect a "Get well soon" text message from Terrell Owens.

"Absolutely not," Owens said.

But, T.O., don't you remember McNabb sending you one following your reported suicide attempt that was an accidental overdose?

"I'm not even going there, dude," Owens said, laughing and shaking his head. "I wouldn't even make up a story like that. It's not even worth it. Just not even worth it."

Although McNabb has said he reached out to Owens following his brief hospital stint in September, Owens has maintained he never received anything from McNabb.

49ers: Wide receiver Antonio Bryant, 25, was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway.

BRONCOS: Denver is preparing to play without starting strong safety Nick Ferguson on Thanksgiving Day in Kansas City - and perhaps for much longer.

Ferguson underwent an MRI exam on his left knee. Although the team didn't announce any results, his teammates and coaches were talking as though the seventh-year pro would be out for a while.

PACKERS: Quarterback Todd Bouman signed with the Green Bay Packers to replace injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Bouman, 34, has nine years of NFL experience, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings. Bouman spent the past three seasons in New Orleans, where Packers coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004.

Rodgers will miss the rest of the season after breaking his foot during the Packers 35-0 loss to New England on Sunday.

TEXANS: A misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest against Houston offensive lineman Fred Weary was dismissed.

Weary was shot with a Taser and arrested after a traffic stop last week. The case was dismissed because a judge found insufficient evidence to support the charge.