Eagles injury report: McNabb and Westbrook hopeful

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Lots of injury news coming out of Philly today, but most of it sounded fairly positive. I'm still not expecting running back Brian Westbrook (ankle) to play, but he was a lot more optimistic today than Monday.

"I'm optimistic about getting out there and being able to play," said Westbrook, who said Monday that he had something similar to a high ankle sprain. "I've definitely gotten better since Sunday."

Westbrook and quarterback Donovan McNabb (chest) did not practice Wednesday, but their absence didn't surprise anyone. Asked whether there was a chance he wouldn't play Sunday, McNabb responded, "No. There's not a chance in my head. I expect to be out there."

He said the injury feels worse today than it did during Sunday's game against the Steelers.

"I won't be getting hit this week; at least not until maybe Sunday. It's hard to say, I haven't thrown a ball since the game. We're obviously trying to stay away from that aspect of it and just continue to treat it and eliminate that soreness that's there now' and swelling. When the time comes, get out there and get ready to roll."

Tight end L.J. Smith and right guard Shawn Andrews both sat out Wednesday's practice with back injuries. I think both players will be game-time decisions Sunday. In other injury news, wide receiver Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) returned to practice, and Andy Reid hasn't ruled him out for Sunday's game.