Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb demurred Wednesday when asked if he agreed with coach Andy Reid's assertion that McNabb will be a Hall of Famer, but McNabb said he knows someone who should be -- Eagles director of player development and alumni Harold Carmichael. Carmichael ranked sixth on the NFL's all-time reception list when he retired in 1984, with 590 receptions, in a much less pass-happy era. His 589 Eagles catches remain the franchise record, and he played in four Pro Bowls.
"I know one guy who should be in the Hall of Fame, who's not, and that's Harold Carmichael," McNabb said.
When a questioner noted that Reid's contention about McNabb's credentials had provoked a lot of discussion, McNabb reacted with mock surprise.
"Really!" he said.
Questioned further, McNabb said he didn't think you have to win a Super Bowl to make the Hall, as the presence of Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton and many others would attest.
"It goes back to your body of work, how effective you were for your team, how much of a threat you were, playing against other teams -- how teams game-planned to try to stop you, how teams feared the talents that you presented to them."
McNabb reiterated that if he plays several more seasons, as he expects to, he hopes they will be in Philadelphia.
"I don't see myself being anywhere else but here," he said.
Sunday, McNabb will play in his 143rd game as an Eagle, moving him ahead of Ron Jaworski as the QB who has played the most games in an Eagles uniform.
Other Wednesday highlights:
*Brian Westbrook sighting in the locker room, though Westbrook did not speak with reporters. Andy Reid said Westbrook is out for this week's game, of course, but that he continues with an exercise program that includes stationary bike riding. "He's had a couple headaches" Reid said, as Westbrook continues his recovery from his second concussion, suffered Nov.15 at San Diego. "He said he had a headache watching me coach the other day, so I think that's a good sign," Reid joked.
*Reid said Akeem Jordan is "day-to-day" with his knee hyperextension. Jordan did not practice Wednesday and there is no indication he will play this week.
*Corner Asante Samuel was not scheduled to practice with his neck strain; Samuel seems much more likely to play.
*Reid told a story about Winston Justice speaking to him as the team prepared to disperse following the 2008 season. "He said, 'Listen, don't count me out, I'm going to start for you,' " Reid said. "Winston doesn't say much. That's as many words as I've seen him put together since he's been here. Pretty matter-of-fact guy. And he did it."
The Eagles signed Justice to a four-year contract extension this week, seemingly cementing his role as the starting right offensive tackle.
Justice was asked why he hadn't approached Reid sooner. He said for a long time, he didn't think it was necessary to voice his aspirations, to underline his determination. "I'm a quiet guy," Justice said. "I thought he knew."
A few injury updates from Washington via the Washington Times: defensive Albert Haynesworth (ankle), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (knee), running back Clinton Portis (concussion) and tight end Chris Cooley (ankle) did not practice today. Portis and Cooley will not play. Haynesworth and Hall are considered questionable at this point.
The Redskins and Eagles seem to be battling for the most starters at one position: The Eagles have had five starting middle linebackers; the Redskins will have their fifth starter at right guard in Edwin Williams, who will be making his first career NFL start.