Donovan McNabb tried to play it all down.
In the end, after he made himself right at home in Philadelphia, it became clear this was not just another road trip.
McNabb drew a standing ovation from the fans of his former team when he was introduced Sunday, then he led the Washington Redskins to a 17-12 victory over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
McNabb, who has drawn his share of cheers – and boos – in Philadelphia, couldn’t be sure how he would be greeted.
When McNabb came out as the final Redskins player to be introduced, nearly everyone in the stadium – many wearing No. 5 Eagles jerseys – stood in tribute to the quarterback who led the Eagles to five NFC title games before being traded in April.
“You realize you spent 11 years here and I knew it was coming,” McNabb said of the greeting, which he said made him happy.
“I didn’t expect them to cheer the whole game, that wouldn’t be right. I put on the uniform and I knew I was an opponent today.”
Outside the stadium, the biggest pocket of protest was the “boo parade” organized by WIP radio personality Angelo Cataldi – the same man who put together the 1999 outing to the draft in New York when McNabb was selected instead of Ricky Williams. About 35 people, including two men on stilts, a juggler and one dressed as a clown, walked to the Spectrum next door while voicing their displeasure with the quarterback they dubbed “Dontovan” and “McChoke.”
VICK LEAVES GAME INJURED
McNabb’s replacement, Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick, left the game against Washington with rib and chest injuries.
Vick needed X-rays in the locker room after he was hit in the first quarter, and he did not return to the bench for the second half. He will have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam today.
The Eagles were mum on the severity of the injuries and Vick declined comment.
HEY, CUTLER, “LOOK OUT!”
The New York Giants knocked both Jay Cutler and Todd Collins out of the game Sunday night against Chicago.
Third-year pro Caleb Hanie took over late in the fourth quarter at quarterback for the Bears, after they had surrendered 10 sacks – the most the franchise has given up since 1963. Cutler was sacked nine times in the first half and didn’t return for the third quarter because of a concussion.
Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith left in the second half against the Saints with a left ankle injury. … New Orleans safety Pierson Prioleau went out with a chest injury while covering a kick in the first half, and Chris Reis hurt his right shoulder in the third quarter. … Titans wide receiver Justin Gage hurt his left hamstring and rookie defensive end Derrick Morgan hurt his left knee against Denver. … Packers rookie safety Morgan Burnett left the win over the Lions in the first half with a knee sprain.