A triumphant return for Donovan McNabb
Donovan McNabb (AP/Rob Carr)
Donovan McNabb (AP/Rob Carr)
NFL writer
Posted Oct 3, 2010
Michael R. Martinez

Donovan McNabb was greeted warmly in Philadelphia, then went out and helped the Redskins beat the Eagles. His successor, Michael Vick, was knocked out of the game with a rib injury.

The most anticipated mano a mano of the young football season fizzled Sunday. Michael Vick got hurt, Donovan McNabb had a very uncharacteristic performance, and the best day – at least statistically – belonged to Kevin Kolb.

Oh well. These things happen. But you’ve still got to feel good for McNabb, who made a triumphant return to Philadelphia and led the Washington Redskins to a 17-12 victory over the Eagles.

McNabb was given an appreciative ovation during pregame introductions, then walked over and hugged Vick. Afterward, he said, “The relief I got was that this is over, that the whole hoopla and coming back to Philadelphia is over.”

For the game, McNabb was 8 of 19 for 115 yards and a 60.2 passer rating – his lowest completion total and passer rating in a 23-game span. Not great numbers, but better than Vick, his successor in Philly, who was knocked out in the first quarter with a rib injury.

Kolb, the Eagles starter who lost his job after Vick put together a phenomenal couple of games in relief, came in and was 22 of 35 for 201 yards, one TD and one interception.

While Eagles coach Andy Reid waits to hear if Vick is OK (he’ll have an MRI on Monday), McNabb, who was traded to the Redskins in April, had a chance to enjoy his reception at Lincoln Financial Field.

“You realize you spent 11 years here, and I knew it was coming,” he said. “I didn't expect them to cheer the whole game. That wouldn't be right. I was happy with the way they gave me a standing ovation at the beginning. I think all of the quarterbacks got booed today.”

It’s Philadelphia. Everyone gets booed there.

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