Quarterback Donovan McNabb was back running the first-team offense this morning at Eagles practice, which means he'll likely be ready to play Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Both McNabb (chest contusion) and running back Brian Westbrook (strained right ankle) were listed as questionable on the Eagles' injury report after practice. Westbrook, however, did not participate in practice. Westbrook still had a slight gimp in his walk Thursday inside the locker room, but he is the player on the Eagles' roster most experienced at missing an entire week of practice and still being able to play in the game. Westbrook missed the practice week on a number of occasions last year because of a sore knee and still played in games.
Tight end L.J. Smith (lower back pain) also missed practice for the third straight day. Unlike Westbrook, Smith was in attendance at practice, but his status is listed as doubtful for Sunday. Guard Shawn Andrews (lower back) missed practice again and is also listed as doubtful.
McNabb, according to Inquirer reporter Joe Juliano, looked fine throwing the football inside the NovaCare Complex practice bubble. McNabb said Wednesday he expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
If Westbrook is unable to play, Correll Buckhalter will start at tailback. Smith would be replaced in the lineup by second-year tight end Brent Celek and third-year guard Max Jean-Gilles will likely make his second straight start at right guard in place of Andrews.
The Eagles piped in crowd noise in preparation for Sunday's game at Soldier Field.