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McNabb out for 6-8 weeks

It's a broken bone that could mean a broken season for the Eagles.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb broke his right ankle early in Sunday's 38-14 win over the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium. He finished the game, but might be lost for the season.

"It's normally a 6-8 week injury," coach Andy Reid said. There are six weeks left in the regular season.

McNabb, who became the league's highest-paid player when he signed a $113-million contract in September, will be reevaluated by the team medical staff. He might have to decide between having surgery or allowing the bone to heal on its own.

There will surely be more questions today about the sequence of decisions that allowed the franchise quarterback to play nearly a full game on a broken bone.

Reid, McNabb and the medical staff thought the ankle was sprained until a postgame X-ray revealed the fracture. The team said the break was "clean" and didn't appear to have been made worse when he continued to play.

"I know he was hurting," Reid said. "We obviously didn't know this. We thought he sprained his ankle, and I wanted to make sure he could push off it, and he was able to do that."

"I actually didn't want anybody to touch it," McNabb said. "When the game was going on, I just tried to do whatever it took to win the game."

BENGALS: Cornerback Jeff Burris left in the first quarter with a severe headache. Backup Reggie Myles, in his fourth NFL game, got burned for two of Tim Couch's touchdown passes.

LIONS: Receiver Az-Zahir Hakim will miss the rest of the season after dislocating and fracturing his left hip in the first quarter. He was taken off the field on a stretcher after being tackled by Jon McGraw and John Abraham on a 14-yard catch. Hakim signed as a free agent from St. Louis. He had 37 receptions for 541 yards and three touchdowns this season. Defensive end Robert Porcher left with a hyperextended right knee and defensive tackle Luther Elliss sprained an ankle.

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