McNabb to use protection

As expected, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he'll have some extra equipment to protect the fractured rib that kept him out of the last two games.

McNabb didn't say exactly what he'd be wearing -- possibly a flak jacket -- but he did plan to have extra protection.

"I'll be trying different guards and some padding, because I haven't wore anything in the last six, seven years," he said.

McNabb still has some lingering effects from the rib injury, but he doesn't think he'll have to deal with it for the remaining 13 games.

"When it comes to rib injuries, especially with fractures, it's probably a six-to-eight-week deal before it fully heals," he said. "In due time it will heal up."

Sunday will mark the first time McNabb and Michael Vick have played together and they both say they are looking forward to it.

"I think it's going to be great," Vick said. "Obviously the objective is to go out there and put points on the board and win the football game. I think Donovan can go out there and get it done and, hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to go out there just like when Kevin (Kolb) was playing."

McNabb said he'll have no problem if Vick gets the same amount of reps he did when Kolb was the quarterback against Kansas City.

"I'm fine with it," he said. "I said I was fine with it before. I think a lot of things get blown out of proportion when something new occurs. We've been at this thing now for the last six weeks or five weeks or whatever. There's a trial period, there's a transition period and I think we're at a point right now where we see the different things we can do with it."


Vick talked about the eight-part documentary BET plans to air some time next year before practice today.

"We started filming that a long time ago; not with BET but just on my own," Vick said. "My own film crew. We haven't been shooting lately, but it's something we've been doing since I was in prison."

Vick said his focus right now is on football rather than reality TV.

"I think as the season goes on, I won't have time for it, but hopefully some time in 2010 we can pick up where we left off," the quarterback said.

Vick said his own film crew consists of "my buddies and a video HD camera."

He said the motivation for the series is to teach kids.

"I think it's important to show our youth and our kids ... that you face adversity, but you're not responsible for falling, you're responsible for getting up," he said. "I'm very remorseful about what happened and what I did. I just don't want other people to go down that path and I want to repair past damages. That's all I want to show.

"People never had a chance to know Mike Vick outside of football. They know me from the case and football and that's not fair to me, that's not fair to my family or fair to my fans. I want people to see what I'm all about and it's all positive stuff. I'm excited about doing it. We've been shooting since I came home (from prison)."

He said the show does not yet have a name.

"I'm not even thinking about it right now. It's on the backburner, but some time in 2010, we'll have a chance to put it all together. I have to play football right now and that's the most important thing."