Daddy Donovan

Donovan McNabb called it "a wonderful thing" and "a memorable thing."

 Last week's back-from-the-dead victory over the Cardinals?

No, the Tuesday birth of twins, a boy and a girl, to Donovan and his wife, Roxy. The couple also has a 4-year-old daughter, Alexis. McNabb declined to disclose the names of his newest family members.

McNabb was asked about how having a wife pregnant with twins might have affected him this season; in 2007, free safety Brian Dawkins missed quite a bit of offseason work because of complications that ensued from the premature birth of twins to his wife, Connie. Dawkins felt his subpar season had a lot to do with that situation. The McNabb twins apparently also arrived at least a little early, but are in fine health, their father said.

  " 'Dawk' and I, our situations were a lot similar," McNabb said at his regular weekly news conference. "It's hard not to think about your wife going through something like that ... I can't sit here and say '(No, it wasn't) on my mind the previous weeks.'  I tried not to let it affect my play, knowing that I didn't play as well as I wanted to in the previous weeks ... It's sort of a weight off your shoulders, knowing that everyone is healthy and everyone is fine."

 As the Eagles prepare for Sunday's game at the Giants, which could determine whether they have a chance at the playoffs, and whether McNabb stays here in 2009, is he thinking even a little about the allure of a fresh start somewhere else?

   "No. No. I don't even think of that," he said.

  But McNabb did acknowledge that his talk on the NFL Network's postgame show last week, about needing to have a further conversation with Eagles coach Andy Reid after being benched and then brought back to start, was related to his concerns about his future.

   "I'll be talking to Andy, Joe (Banner) and Jeffrey (Lurie)," McNabb said. "We'll discuss that when the time comes. I think at this particular point, it's just really for us to focus on who we're playing, and that'll be the Giants, and continue on from there. The conversation will happen."

  He added that the conversation will happen at the end of the season.

Asked if he feels secure in his role, McNabb said: "I am the quarterback and I will be the quarterback ... I don't look at anything else happening."

Other highlights Wednesday: Asante Samuel (neck) was scheduled to return to practice. Correll Buckhalter (knee) was to sit out, though Reid said Buckhalter has been running.

 Brian Westbrook said he feels as good as he has felt since the start of the season.

The Eagles announced that they have brought up offensive lineman Chris Patrick from the practice squad to replace Max Jean-Gilles, who suffered a season-ending broken ankle against Arizona. Patrick has been replaced on the practice squad by offensive lineman Tala Esara, a former member of the Dolphins' practice squad.