McNabb on Chicago; Brown optimistic

Donovan McNabb's assertion that this is a "must-win" game for the Eagles will rightfully get a lot of attention here in Philadelphia.

Out in Chicago, reporters had other things on their minds when McNabb spoke to them on a conference call.

McNabb, of course, is a Chicago native, and his homecomings often bring suggestions about the possibility of his finishing his career there, even with the Bears' acquisition of Jay Cutler.

"That will never stop,'' McNabb said with a laugh, according to the Chicago Tribune. "But Jay's going to be all right. It's still a long season ahead of us. I look for good things to happen over here in Philadelphia, and I'm sure he's looking for the same thing in Chicago.''

McNabb also was asked about his benching against Baltimore last year, in the context of the fate that Cutler might face. The Bears have lost four of their last five games.

"Nobody wants to be benched,'' McNabb said. "I'm sure you guys don't want to be pulled from writing your great articles that you guys write ... a suspension for a week or two. Then you'll probably be outside kicking old papers, sitting on the bench drinking coffee and feeling like nobody loves you.''


Meanwhile, cornerback Sheldon Brown, who left the San Diego loss with a strained hamstring, was a limited participant in yesterday's practice. Brown said he felt there was a "good chance" he will be able to continue his streak of 133 successive games played since entering the NFL in 2002. The outlook seemed less promising for weakside linebacker Akeem Jordan. Left tackle Jason Peters practiced and is on track to play in Chicago. 


From the Bears' side of the injury report, tight end Desmond Clark (neck), center Olin Kreutz (back) and safety Kevin Payne (back) did not participate in practice. Defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) and safety Al Afalava (shoulder) were limited participants.


To read our earlier report from Eagles' practice, click here.