Eagles' McNabb plans to play through sports hernia pain

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September 29, 2005

Donovan McNabb has an abdominal strain that will likely need surgery, but the Philadelphia Eagles' medical staff said the quarterback can play if he can handle the pain.

Trainer Rick Burkholder said rest will not fix the problem. While McNabb will experience discomfort, Burkholder said McNabb does not have to be sidelined now for the sports hernia.

Philadelphia's Pro Bowl quarterback is expected to start Sunday against Kansas City.

McNabb was tested last week for the sports hernia, a tear in the abdominal area, but coach Andy Reid called the injury an abdominal strain after the Eagles' win over Oakland.

McNabb went to Boston on Tuesday for another opinion, and it was confirmed he has a sports hernia. McNabb is willing to play through the pain.

"I'm ready to go," McNabb said yesterday. "I don't have any concerns right now."

McNabb hoped to delay surgery.

"If I can avoid it, I definitely will avoid it," McNabb said. Also, Reid said kicker David Akers will miss the game against the Chiefs because of a torn hamstring.

Steelers -- Linebacker Clark Haggans injured a groin late in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots and had surgery that will sideline him until at least the Steelers' Nov. 6 game at Green Bay.

49ers -- Defensive back Mike Rumph will be placed on injured reserve after tearing a muscle in his foot during practice yesterday. The 49ers will be without starting cornerback Ahmed Plummer and linebacker Jamie Winborn on Sunday.

Titans -- Quarterback Steve McNair and receiver Drew Bennett, who were not listed on the early injury report, sat out practice because of sore feet.

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