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Quick kicks: McNabb hurt in opener

Associated Press

Donovan McNabb limped to the locker room with a cracked rib in the Philadelphia Eagle’s 38-10 rout of Carolina on Sunday.

A dominant performance by the Eagles was tempered by concerns about McNabb, who cracked a single rib when he was crunched by several defenders on his 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He didn’t immediately get up after the touchdown, and was attended to by Eagles trainers before eventually leaving the field on his own.

While he was on the ground, quarterback Michael Vick was captured on TV standing in a stadium suite to watch McNabb. Vick is suspended for the first two regular-season games to complete penalties for bankrolling a dogfighting ring.

McNabb was replaced by Kevin Kolb.

Brees ties team mark with six TD passes

Drew Brees’ sixth touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions on Sunday tied for the most scoring passes ever by a Saints player in one game.

The franchise-record tying score was a 13-yard completion to fullback Heath Evans with 8:29 left in the game, giving the Saints a 45-27 lead.

Billy Kilmer threw for six touchdowns on Nov. 2, 1969, in a 51-42 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The last NFL player to throw for six scores in a game was Brett Favre last year with the Jets against the Arizona Cardinals.

Delhomme pulled after five turnovers

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme has been benched, and backup Josh McCown has been injured in a rout by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Delhomme was taken out after a miserable performance Sunday brought his total turnovers to 11 in the past two meaningful games. McCown limped off with a left knee injury in the fourth quarter after he was sacked by Darren Howard.

Third-string quarterback Matt Moore entered the game with the Panthers trailing 38-10.

Carolina’s problems started with Delhomme, who threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in less than three quarters Sunday against Philadelphia. Carolina coach John Fox pulled him for McCown, who received a loud cheer from the crowd, after Delhomme’s fourth pick.

Delhomme was 7 of 17 for 73 yards. His fumble was returned for a touchdown.

Delhomme threw five interceptions and lost a fumble in Carolina’s 33-13 playoff loss to Arizona in January. He received a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension in April that included $20 million in guaranteed money.

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