Donovan McNabb returned to practice this week. For all of you worrying types that think he will have the same problems returning as Daunte Culpepper, 'For Get About It'.
I went over Culpepper's lengthy rehab history to show that McNabb is not Culpepper !! McNabb first and foremost has the full backing of his Owner (Jeff Lurie), Head Coach (Reid), trainer (Burkholder) and teammates. Everyone is in his corner and they want him to succeed. They have provided an atmosphere at the Nova Care complex that lets McNabb work back slowly and according to his schedule. McNabb said after his first practice "It's just part of the rehab process and hopefully good things will continue to come. It is important to continue to monitor my progress, but also be smart about the whole situation", which speaks volumes of how he is approaching his rehab. McNabb also has his own management team at CSMG led by Fletcher Smith, who also will give him the necessary guidance in his rehab and comeback. Conversely Culpepper serving as his own agent could not be the outside voice of reason for himself.
In seeing McNabb's strength and fortitude over the years, I believe he will take the necessary steps to return to the field healthy. I fully expect him to be ready for training camp and he should be on schedule to appear in the August 26th preseason game at Pittsburgh. He has been through injuries before and I expect him to lead the Eagles into the playoffs similarly to his 2003 performance comeback from a broken ankle. If you want to compare McNabb in his rehab, forget about the Culpepper comparisons and look to how Bengals QB Carson Palmer responded from his 2005 knee tear. He too returned ahead of schedule and played at the end of the preseason. As the season went on he got stronger and he cameback with 4,000 yards passing Pro Bowl season.
If you don't believe me, see for yourself by viewing some footage of McNabb's first practice.
-- Submitted by Lloyd Vance