http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/don_banks/11/21/mcnabb/index.html As yet another mid-November injury sidelines him -- for the third time in five seasons -- it's getting ever more difficult to beat back the creeping notion that we might have already seen the best days of Donovan McNabb. To some, that may sound either overly dramatic or patently unfair, given that McNabb won't turn 30 until Saturday. But that doesn't mean it's not valid to consider whether McNabb might have already peaked and is now headed downhill. In the coming weeks, McNabb faces surgery to repair his torn ACL in his right knee, and then the commencement of an 8-10 month rehabilitation. As his 1999 draft classmate Daunte Culpepper has proved in the past year, bouncing back from knee surgery is not automatic for a quarterback, especially for one like McNabb, whose legs are a major part of his game. When you throw in the broken ankle that cost McNabb the final six games of the 2002 regular season, and the sports hernia which shortened his 2005 season to nine games, the wear-and-tear factor on No. 5's body is building up to a not insignificant level. (And we haven't even mentioned the mental toll that the Terrell Owens fiasco took on McNabb in '05, which was truly his lost year). Will McNabb play again? Of course he will, and chances are he'll play pretty well. But it's not a stretch to say that 2007 might wind up being all about his recovery from knee surgery, and that means it could be 2008 -- his 10th year in the league -- before we know whether we'll ever see the old McNabb again.