Originally created 11/29/06

McNabb might be lost for year



Donovan McNabb could miss as much as a year or could be ready for the 2007 season opener after having surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn knee ligament.

McNabb, a five-time Pro Bowl quarterback, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the Eagles' loss to Tennessee on Nov. 19. It was his third season-ending injury in mid-November in the past five years.

Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the reconstructive surgery in Birmingham, Ala.

Head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said McNabb also needed expected repairs to his meniscus. He added there was a "good" chance McNabb will be healthy for Philadelphia's season opener, which would be in about nine months.

CHIEFS: Running back Priest Holmes will not return to the Kansas City Chiefs this season.

However, general manager Carl Peterson said recent medical tests on Holmes have been encouraging and Holmes hopes to return for the 2007 season.

The three-time Pro Bowler, who turned 33 in October, has not played since Oct. 30, 2005, when he was injured on a hit by Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman in a game at San Diego.

COWBOYS: A day after cutting the NFL's most accurate kicker, Bill Parcells seemed relieved instead of frustrated.

Parcells was never impressed by Mike Vanderjagt, the high-priced kicker the Dallas Cowboys signed in March in hopes of solving a long-standing problem. Vanderjagt instead struggled, never gained the coach's confidence and didn't even make it through the season.

"Obviously, I feel better than having stayed the course the other way," Parcells said in his first comments on the move.

STEELERS: Safety Troy Polamalu has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and will miss Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Polamalu was hurt during a 27-0 loss Sunday at Baltimore, and the team initially felt the injury might be serious. Tests revealed a second-degree knee sprain, and coach Bill Cowher said that surgery is not needed.

RAIDERS: Oakland replaced offensive coordinator Tom Walsh, promoting tight ends coach John Shoop to take charge of the team's struggling offense.

JETS: Offensive lineman Adrian Jones apologized to the team and his family, three days after being charged with driving while intoxicated.