McNabb and Westbrook practice; Trotter with first team

Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook returned to practice today, according to several of their Eagles teammates. The quarterback and running back had been out with injuries. The Eagles returned to practice today after the bye week off.

McNabb sat out the last two games with a fractured rib. He suffered the injury in the opener against the Panthers. It's fairly safe to say that his practicing today means he will be able to start Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. Backup Kevin Kolb performed admirably in McNabb's absence, losing to the Saints but coming back to beat Kansas City.

McNabb declined to comment. He is scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday, as is coach Andy Reid.

Westbrook missed last week's game against the Chiefs because of an ankle sprain. He didn't practice the week leading up to the game and was listed as doubtful. LeSean McCoy filled in for Westbrook and ran for 85 yards and a TD. Even before the injury, Westbrook had gotten off to a slow start in the first two games.

He was unavailable for comment.

Kevin Curtis said he practiced today. The wide receiver didn't play against the Chiefs because of a knee sprain.

Todd Herremans was able to walk around today without the assistance of a scooter. The guard, who has been out all season with a stress facture in his foot, is scheduled to meet with doctors today. He said the doctor could give the OK to lose the boot that has been protecting his left foot. Herremans said that a return by the Washington game on Oct. 26 is still very much in the cards. He hopes to be back by the Oakland game the week prior.

Quintin Demps (hamstring) said that he's back practicing, too. The backup safety has been out since the opener.

Jeremiah Trotter, meanwhile, had his first practice with the team since returning to the Eagles last week. The linebacker said that he was splitting first team reps with Omar Gaither on run downs. Gaither was unavailable for comment.

Trotter has his old locker stall and his old number back. He got the No. 54 from Tracy White (who now wears No. 52) and the stall from J. Leman, a practice squad linebacker.

The players have off tomorrow and will resume preparations for the Bucs on Wednesday.