Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb is not even close to full strength, according to head coach Mike Shanahan. The former Eagle has been nursing injuries in both hamstrings and has been included on the Redskins’ injury report since the week leading into their game against the Lions, when he was benched for Rex Grossman.
“The hamstring is still tight; it’s improving day-by-day,” Shanahan said. “By no means is he anywhere close to 100 percent, he’s getting a lot of treatment so I’ll find out by the end of the week exactly how he is.”
As it stands though, McNabb should be good to go, from start to finish. That includes the two-minute drill, which didn’t go so well with Grossman running it – down by six, the backup fumbled on his first play and Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh returned it for a game-sealing touchdown. This week, it’s McNabb’s show all the way until the end, unless his injury causes problems.
“[The only way he wouldn’t play the whole game is] Just if he felt something was wrong before the game, physically,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan isn’t much for revisiting the decision though.
“Well I think you always probably would clarify things a little bit more [with the media] the second time around, but it’s over with and you move on,” Shanahan said.
McNabb, meanwhile, has been peppered with questions about the benching, but doesn’t have a whole lot to say about it.
“First of all, I like to handle my business behind closed doors,” McNabb said. “I don’t like to go through the media and try to vent or react to certain situations. That’s not being a true professional. My professional manner is to talk to you man to man and try to find out what the problem is.”
So, at the very least, it seems there was a problem that’s been discussed between McNabb and Shanahan. Now the focus turns toward the big stage of Monday Night Football, where McNabb is 10-6 in his career. That record is a bit deceptive though, as McNabb opened his career 7-1 on Monday nights and has since gone 3-5.
This is more than just a prime time game though, as McNabb comes off just the second benching of his career. After being yanked in 2008 against Baltimore, McNabb responded by throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Cardinals the following week on 27-of-39 passing for 260 yards. Shanahan hopes for a similar bounce back effor this week.
“Hopefully he’ll play well,” Shanahan said. “He’s had a good couple days of practice, we’ve got everything at stake playing a division game against a team that is very talented, very well coached.”