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Officially, Donovan McNabb is questionable for his D.C. debut

The gamesmanship in D.C. already has hit high gear in advance of Sunday night’s Cowboys-Redskins game, which in case you didn’t know it (and even if you did) will be televised by NBC.

Though quarterback Donovan McNabb widely is expected to play despite an ankle injury, coach Mike Shanahan officially has listed him as questionable, which means there’s a 50-percent chance McNabb will play, and a 50-percent chance that he won’t play.

McNabb obtained the designation despite fully participating in practice all week.  Ordinarily, players who fully participate in practice despite an injury are listed as probable.

To make the situation even more confusing, coach Mike Shanahan declared on Wednesday that McNabb will play, two days before essentially telling the football-following world to flip a coin.  “Yeah, he’s ready to go,” Shanahan said in comments distributed by the team.  “He’s had two good days under his belt.  I
think he feels a lot better.  Again, those two days in.  He was able to
get a little workout with that ankle.  He had a good practice today.”

None of the injured Redskins have received the “probable” designation in Week One; tackle Jammal Brown (hip), linebacker Andre Carter (illness), linebacker Perry Riley (foot), running back Mike Sellers (knee), and McNabb are all questionable, and safety Kareem Moore (knee) is doubtful.

For the Cowboys, three players are out:  tackle Marc Colombo (knee), guard Kyle Kosier (knee), and tackle Sam Young (knee).  Safety Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder) is probable.

In the end, it will be a major surprise if McNabb doesn’t play.  But if for some reason he doesn’t, if Shanahan’s comments from Wednesday were aimed solely at making the Cowboys think that he’ll be on the field when in fact he won’t, the Redskins apparently have protected themselves by listing him as questionable.

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25 Responses to “Officially, Donovan McNabb is questionable for his D.C. debut”
  1. Goetta-Head says: Sep 11, 2010 8:35 AM

    If that is all Shanahan has…smoke and mirrors, they are in bigger trouble than I thought

  2. traevin says: Sep 11, 2010 8:43 AM

    The Air Guitar Hero with be there. McNabb would rather throw up all over the field than miss a game as big is this.

  3. Chapnasty. says: Sep 11, 2010 8:52 AM

    I saw McNabb out at a bar last night. I was 5 ft from him. I watched him walk from one side of a bar to the exit and go home. He had no limp but he did have 2 chins. I would link to my facebook page with my paparazzi style picture but something tells me if I do that this wont get posted.

  4. ScribbledNotes says: Sep 11, 2010 9:08 AM

    Yeah, this is textbook misdirection. Shanahan just wants the all-but anointed NFC Champion Cowboys to have to prepare for two possible QB’s. Same as having Haynesworth’s play with the practice squad. If it does get out, which it did, maybe the Cowboys will have to gameplan for a Redskins D sans Haynesworth.

  5. fifthorkid says: Sep 11, 2010 9:09 AM

    Way to be late on your info Florio. This was out almost all day yesterday.

  6. MacheteMouth says: Sep 11, 2010 9:34 AM

    McThrow Low sprained his ankle a decent while ago, spat it up Don …I personally think he’s scared of looking bad against the cowboys again first game on his new team…something tells me he won’t play…he’s just that corny and weak to do it. And i’m a former mcnabb supporter but his phony comments show alot..

  7. isonic1 says: Sep 11, 2010 9:50 AM

    Mcnabb will play. His ankle is fine.

  8. HarrisonHits says: Sep 11, 2010 10:10 AM

    McNabb (doubful) sprained vagina and ego

  9. chucktheengineere says: Sep 11, 2010 10:25 AM

    The only people this helps are the bookies. That is the whole reason the NFL made up these designations in the first place. Now with coaches playing games with the designations even the bookies are in trouble.
    What difference does it make anyway, a team should be prepared to play ANYBODY that shows up on Sunday, why all this fuss as to who is hurt or not?
    They could list Dnutts as the starter, have him play 1 down, limp off the field and not return. Bookies make their spread thinking Dnutts is starting when he was never going to play in the first place.

  10. chitown26 says: Sep 11, 2010 10:42 AM

    I guess I was starting to forget why I hate mike shanahan.
    All his stupid little head games and fake tan. Lame.

  11. rmac says: Sep 11, 2010 11:01 AM

    Officially, Donovan McNabb is questionable for his “ENTIRE CAREER”!

  12. Terrell Blowens says: Sep 11, 2010 11:13 AM

    Go McNabb! Shock the world and lead the Deadskins over the Girls

  13. jahbird says: Sep 11, 2010 11:25 AM

    CTRL+V and “match destination formatting” is a real bitch.

  14. MagicMan407 says: Sep 11, 2010 11:39 AM

    If hes hurt hes hurt. Sexy Rexy in Mcnabb out and I then break my direct TV box and throw my 3 home game tickets in the trash. No stub hub no nothing I wouldnt anyone to waste the money like I did.

  15. LAEaglefan says: Sep 11, 2010 11:47 AM

    Shanahan is hesitating in declaring McNabb ready to play because he’s considering sparing his new QB from the indignity of being embarrassed by the same team 3 games in a row.

  16. hoskin says: Sep 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    LL and RD will turn Dez boy into alligator boy! Skins ‘D’ will take at least one to the house, Captain Chaos will have a big game, will make up for his “Practice Squad” No No. Santana will break at least one. Girls will be held to 4 field goals. Skins 31 Girls 12. F*** the Cowgirls!!! HAIL!

  17. Florio Looks Like A Bobble Head says: Sep 11, 2010 12:40 PM

    McNabb isn’t looking forward to facing Ware Ratliff & Spencer in his grill all day w/ a gimpy ankle or being 100%. Dallas is going dominate the Deadskins on both sides of the ball. having Austin, Witten, Dez, Felix & RoMo leading the way on offense is just too much for them to handle. back that up w/ 2 probowl CBs + the front 7 on defense & its going to be a long day for the Deadskins.
    Dallas 1-0 & you can bank on that! lets hear all the jealousy from the little haters, which we take as a huge compliment!

  18. Hailskinzz says: Sep 11, 2010 12:42 PM

    Cowgirls ain’t doin shit this weak with that o line… Skins win 28-10
    Hail beaches

  19. hoskin says: Sep 11, 2010 12:57 PM

    Best video EVER!


  20. jdskins44 says: Sep 11, 2010 1:19 PM

    MagicMan407 says:
    September 11, 2010 11:39 AM
    If hes hurt hes hurt. Sexy Rexy in Mcnabb out and I then break my direct TV box and throw my 3 home game tickets in the trash. No stub hub no nothing I wouldnt anyone to waste the money like I did.
    Very well said Magicman!! couldnt agree more!! Lets be honest though, McNabb is in no doubt about it, Florio is an idiot! Only question with McNAbb is how many TD’s hes going to throw to cooley, moss, davis, and whoever else he wants to include in the mix..

  21. Pervy H. says: Sep 11, 2010 1:39 PM

    Brett Favre just called him a pussy…

  22. NFLwatcher says: Sep 11, 2010 2:39 PM

    He doesn’t move well in the pocket so he will always be banged up. I believe McNab was a stupid gamble by the Redskins, coupled with the Haynesworth fiasco and Washington has surpassed the Raiders as the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL.

  23. CT.GIANTMAN says: Sep 11, 2010 2:44 PM


  24. smilergrogan says: Sep 11, 2010 10:59 PM

    its wonderful to see the eternal optimism of the fans of all the teams. although i can’t see the reasons for some of your optimism, its fun to watch.
    my take is that don will play, but always be dragging the ankle. noticeable and lots of grimacing. this way, when things go south, as he suspects they will, he has an out.
    while i think don is as dumb as a doorknob, i think by now even he knows that joey galloway and santana moss haven’t scared anyone in ten years. and since don only throws it to clearly open receivers, unless cooley catches 15-20 passes a game, they have a problem.
    and as to the giants boosters, your assessment ignores the second half of last season, and the failure to provide quality replacements for the departing talent.

  25. Big Tex says: Sep 12, 2010 8:23 AM

    Uh, CT.GIANTMAN, your “caps lock’ key seems to be stuck. Just trying to help, dude.

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