McNabb returns to practice, says he'll play

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb practiced Thursday for the
first time since he suffered a bruised chest and reiterated the
injury won't keep him out for Philadelphia's home opener against
San Francisco on Sunday.

"If you ask me, there's no doubt about it. I'll be out there,"
McNabb said Thursday. "It's just being able to see how your body
reacts to an up-tempo practice."

McNabb, who was injured in the first quarter in the Eagles'
14-10 season-opening loss at Atlanta on Monday night, looked fine
running drills and the injury didn't seem to give him any

McNabb said he wanted to work on his timing and it seemed he had
it down, hitting Terrell Owens and Greg Lewis on a couple of nifty

McNabb said he felt a little sore and the true test would come
over the next couple of days.

"It's a slow process," McNabb said. "I wanted to get out
there and test it out to see actually how it would feel. It will be
interesting to see the reaction after tomorrow, how the body will
react to it."

McNabb didn't miss any plays after a crushing hit from Chad
Lavalais sent him wincing to the sideline, but he struggled the
rest of the game against the Falcons.

Lavalais was fined $7,500 for using his helmet on McNabb.

"I'm not a fine guy, I don't go back and try to point fingers
on what people did," McNabb said. "If it didn't happen, it's not
going to stop my preparation for San Francisco. It's nothing that's
going to make me go out and buy a Wendy's triple-stacked
cheeseburger. I'm not going to buy them any flowers or take
somebody from the league out to eat."

McNabb missed practice Wednesday and backup Koy Detmer and
third-string quarterback Mike McMahon shared reps at practice.
McNabb is listed as questionable.

McNabb, coming off his best season, threw one interception, lost
two fumbles, and often missed his target with erratic passes. He
finished 24-of-45 for 257 yards and one touchdown.

McNabb has not decided if he will wear a flak jacket.

"I might just kind of run out there with no jersey on and be
ready for the ladies," McNabb joked.