Brown says good chance he'll play

Sheldon Brown said there is "a good chance" he'll play Sunday night at Chicago. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)


Cornerback Sheldon Brown was a limited participant in practice this afternoon and said there was "a good chance" he'll play Sunday night at Chicago despite a strained hamstring that forced him out of Sunday's loss at San Diego.

Brown has played in 121 straight regular-season games and 133 overall counting the postseason.

"I think we have a great training staff and they got on it right away when it happened," Brown said. "That was the whole idea of them getting me out when they got me out, so I think there's a good chance."

Brown said he felt a lot better today than he did after Sunday's game.


While the Eagles await word on Brian Westbrook's visit with a pair of concussion specialists in Pittsburgh, quarterback Donovan McNabb declared Sunday at Soldier Field a must-win game against the Chicago Bears.

Asked if a trip back to his boyhood home of Chicago had any special meaning, McNabb dismissed that idea.

"This game is a little more special because we definitely need this game," McNabb said. "It's not for me just going back home. I think that's something early on in your career that  you look forward to going home and playing in front of your family and friends. But this is a must win for us and that's the way we have to approach it. I wouldn't care if it was Soldier Field, Champaign, Illinois or Oklahoma. That's the way I'm approaching it."

Of course, the Bears, coming off a loss at San Francisco that included five interceptions by quarterback Jay Cutler, feel the same way.

"I think for both teams it's a must win," Cutler said.

Reid said Westbrook was visiting Drs. Mark R. Lovell and Joseph Maroon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Lovell is a neuropsychologist and NFL consultant and Maroon is a neurosurgeon who advises the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We'll know more about him in the next day or two," Lovell said.

Reid said safeties Victor Harris and Quintin Demps, cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Akeem Jordan would not practice today.

Harris has an eye infection and is expected to be ready for Sunday's game against the Bears. Reid said Brown "is doing better" after leaving Sunday's loss at San Diego with a hamstring strain.

Demps has been out with a high ankle sprain and Jordan continues to recover from a hyperextended knee.

Reid said he is comfortable with his running back situatiion without Westbrook.

"I add (Leonard) Weaver into the mix," Reid said. "He has versatility. He can also be a ballcarrier and he's good in the pass game. His versatility allows me not to make a move at this particular time, plus I don't really know the outcome on what they're going to say on Brian, so we have to see as time goes on here.

"And  with (LeSean) McCoy, he has done a nice job when he has had an opportunity to practice prior to the games and take the majority of the reps. When that happens, he ends up playing good football."