Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and DeSean Jackson did not practice today. The three offensive starters were not in pads, but were out on the field for most of practice.
McNabb has a fractured rib and didn't play last week against the Saints as Kevin Kolb earned his first start. Michael Vick, Jeff Garcia and Kolb are all practicing at quarterback today. Coach Andy Reid has not said who the backup to Kolb will be if McNabb can't go. Westbrook sprained his right ankle against the Saints, but Reid said yesterday that the swelling has gone down. Jackson has a groin injury, but was telling his teammates today in the locker room that he was feeling significantly better.
Westbrook and Jackson should be ready to play against the Chiefs this Sunday, McNabb appears to be a long shot -- especially with the bye week coming.
The Eagles are banged up on offense. Aside from McNabb, Westbrook and Jackson, left guard Todd Herremans (foot) is still out, right guard Stacy Andrews has been demoted from the first team as he recovers from off-season knee sugery and Shawn Andrews is in Los Angeles rehabbing the sore back that has ended his season. And wide receiver Kevin Curtis is battling a left knee sprain. He was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day.
"It's just part of the game sometimes," said Curtis, who has five catches for 70 yards in the first two games. "What can you do? The goal is always to just try and get right."
Safety Quintin Demps (hamstring) was also not at full strength for practice.
Earlier, Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher was asked extensively about his unit's poor performance Sunday against the Saints. On special teams there is the propensity to either be a hero or a goat. As Daisher said, "There's no second down on special teams."
The Eagles have announced that they have signed tight end Martin Rucker (no relation to Hootie and Blowfish's Darius Rucker, although he is the younger brother of Carolina's Mike Rucker) to the practice squad and released rookie Rob Myers. Rucker was released by the Browns on Tuesday and passed through waivers on Wednesday. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 draft and caught two passes for 17 yards in five games last season.