RECOVERY McNabb moves closer to starting for Eagles



The star quarterback, who is nursing an ankle injury, may start in Philadelphia's first playoff game.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb took all the snaps with Philadelphia's first-team offense again Friday, moving closer to starting the Eagles' first playoff game next weekend.
"It's not too sore at all. That's not to say it won't be sore later, but we'll continue to work with it," McNabb said. "We have more time to work and get our timing down."
Practice again was closed to reporters, and McNabb walked with a slight limp on his way to the locker room. His teammates said the star quarterback didn't show any effects of the ankle injury that sidelined him the last 6 1/2 weeks.
"He looks fine, he looks ready to go," cornerback Troy Vincent said. "It's great to have No. 5 back."
Too busy blocking
Left tackle Tra Thomas was too busy blocking in practice to watch McNabb, but said he would've known if something wasn't right.
"I guess he was all right. It's great to have him back in there," Thomas said. "He gives us a rhythm."
McNabb hasn't played since breaking his right ankle in Philadelphia's 38-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 17. He practiced for the first time Thursday, and pronounced himself ready to play. Reid seemed confident McNabb would start, but planned to wait until next week to make an official announcement.
If McNabb is unable to play, Koy Detmer would start. Detmer led the Eagles to a win at San Francisco in his only start before dislocating his left elbow in that game.
A.J. Feeley went 4-1 as the starter, helping the Eagles finish 12-4 and earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
"I feel fine. I'm ready to go," said Detmer, who ran the scout team's offense in Friday's practice.
7-3 with McNabb
The Eagles were 7-3 with McNabb, who was having the best season of his four-year career. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and runner-up for NFL MVP in 2000, McNabb completed 211 of 361 passes (58 percent) for 2,289 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games. He ran for 460 yards and six TDs.
McNabb was injured on the third play of the Eagles' win over Arizona but stayed in and tied a career-best with four TD passes. And, he didn't scramble once the entire game.
Offensive coordinator Brad Childress said that game taught McNabb that he can be as dangerous in the pocket as he is running out of it.
"He learned that he could sit back and pick you apart that way," Childress said. "I think it bodes well for him because he can play a couple different ways now. "

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