Coordinators Talk; No Practice for McNabb

     Your Eagletarian thought about suspending his blogging for a few days to help President Bush and Congress deal with the national financial crisis, but he figured in grim times such as these, people need their snippets of  Eagles info more than ever.

      Little was revealed about the Eagles' injury situation during the coordinators' news conferences Thursday.

    Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said his preparation is based on "who we think we're going to have" in the game, but Mornhinweg wouldn't share any insights about who he thinks he's going to have Sunday night in Chicago. UPDATE: Brian Westbrook (ankle) did not practice Thursday; ditto Donovan McNabb (chest), L.J. Smith (back) and Shawn Andrews (back). Tony Hunt (concussion) did practice and presumably is on track to play.

   Wideout Kevin Curtis, recovering from Aug. 21 sports hernia surgery, again was a limited practice participant. Curtis almost certainly is not playing this week.

       Mornhinweg agreed that availability of top players "occasionally affects play selection." But he also said he thinks the Eagles are "a little bit deeper in certain spots" than they have been previously.,

    Mornhinweg didn't seem concerned about McNabb's injury hindering the quarterback's performance, if the QB is able to go. McNabb has said he will play, even if he can't practice this week. Friday's workout is the final substantive preparation.

   "Donovan's been banged up and beat up other times and played very well," Mornhinweg said. "I would expect him to play well."

      Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson talked about giving corner Asante Samuel latitude to do some things he did in New England's defense that he wouldn't necessarily have done in Johnson's system. Samuel, brought in to make plays, has intercepted passes in each of the last two games, after letting a few slip through his fingers in the season opener. Johnson called Samuel a "natural cover guy."

    Meanwhile, our quest for suggestions about movies that Eagletarian fans think McNabb should be able to identify with has turned up only a few gems. Frankly, from such a clever and erudite group, we were expecting more. So we'll keep it open another day. Use the comments section, or e-mail