McNabb, Westbrook won't practice

Andy Reid said Brian Westbrook is day-to-day with an injured ankle. (Yong Kim/ Staff Photographer)

Quarterback Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook will not practice today as they continue to heal from their injuries – McNabb with a broken rib and Westbrook with a “slightly sprained ankle.”

Receiver DeSean Jackson went through the walkthrough this morning, despite a strained groin, but will not practice this afternoon.

Of Westbrook, coach Andy Reid said, “We’ll see how he does throughout the week. It really is a day-to-day thing.”

The swelling in Westbrook’s ankle is “way down, there’s very little swelling,” Reid said. “We feel pretty good about that today.”

Reid said McNabb is able to throw, “not with great velocity or length right now.” Reid said he would take into account the Eagles’ bye week when deciding about whether to let McNabb play, but also said, “If he can function and keep himself out of danger then he can play. If not, then he can’t.”

Reid would not commit to Michael Vick being active for Sunday’s game. Vick is eligible to come back from his NFL suspension. “I have not gotten that far yet,” Reid said. “We’ll take it this week and see where we’re at this week.”

He did say that Vick has lost some weight and is in “pretty good shape” compared to when he reported to the Eagles.

Reid would not announce who the backup quarterback is should Kevin Kolb again start in McNabb’s absence, but conceded that Vick could fill that role.

“He can do that. He understands the offense,” Reid said.

In other injury news, guard Todd Herremans (foot surgery) will visit with the doctor next week. “He’s still not able to put weight on that foot,” Reid said. “We’ll see what the doctor says.”

Shawn Andrews, who is on injured reserve, is in Los Angeles at a rehab location, near where surgeon Robert Watkins’ office is. He is expected to see Watkins in the next few days. Watkins operated on Andrews’ back last October.

“I am comfortable with him out there, with the people we have out there,” Reid said. “They work with Dr. Watkins. I really just want what’s best for him, to get his back right. I’m not sure flying back and forth is the best thing.”


As expected, the Eagles added former Penn State receiver Jordan Norwood to their practice squad. He replaces Danny Amendola, who was signed by the St. Louis Rams to their 53-man roster.

Norwood was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Cleveland Browns this past spring and saw action in three preseason games before being released as part of the Browns final roster cut down on September 5.

Norwood, 22, finished his collegiate career at Penn State with 158 receptions for 2,015 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a senior, he caught 41 passes for 637 yards and six scores.


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