PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb is doubtful for the Eagles'
game against Seattle on Sunday after missing practice again Friday.
The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback has been sidelined since
spraining his right ankle and injuring his thumb in a win over the
Miami Dolphins on Nov. 18.
"He's working like crazy," coach Andy Reid said. "It's his
lateral mobility, his ability to push off right or left and keep
himself in a safe position. Until he has that, he can't go out
A.J. Feeley would get his second consecutive start if McNabb
can't play. Feeley is coming off a strong outing in a 31-28 loss to
New England in which he had career bests in completions (27) and
yards passing (345) and threw for three touchdowns. But he also had
three interceptions, including one that was returned for a score.
McNabb has thrown the ball on the side and was scheduled to work
with trainers again after practice Friday, but he didn't
participate with the team.
"He's had two good workouts, but we're just not quite there,"
Reid said. "He's going to go do it again [Friday]. So, we'll see
how it goes here."
The Eagles (5-6) need a victory over the NFC West-leading
Seahawks (7-4) to keep from falling further behind in the playoff
race. Feeley was 4-1 filling in for McNabb in 2002, including a win
"We haven't changed the game plan much from when Donovan was
in," Reid said. "They both have strong arms and they can do
things with the football down the field, and in the short
intermediate game. With A.J.'s experience, that allows us to do
some of the deeper things that maybe we didn't do the first time
Since leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl three years ago,
McNabb hasn't played a full season. He missed the final seven games
in 2005 with a sports hernia and sat out the last eight games,
including playoffs, last season with a torn knee ligament.
Overall, the Eagles are 14-9 in games McNabb has missed because
of injury since he became the starter in Week 10 of his rookie year
Running back Brian Westbrook returned to practice Friday after
missing two days with a recurring knee injury. Strong safety
Quintin Mikell is doubtful with a knee injury that kept him out