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Injured thumb forces McNabb out of showdown with Patriots

11/24/2007

PHILADELPHIA -- Quarterback Donovan McNabb will miss the
Philadelphia Eagles' game Sunday against New England because of a sprained ankle
and injured thumb.

McNabb hurt the thumb on his throwing hand early against Miami
last Sunday and left after injuring his ankle in the second
quarter. He has not practiced all week.

A.J. Feeley, who led the Eagles to a pair of touchdowns in a
17-7 win over the Dolphins, gets the start for underdog
Philadelphia.

McNabb has started every game since returning ahead of schedule
after a torn knee ligament ended his season early last year.
Injuries ended his regular season three times in the past six
years. The Eagles are 13-8 without him, including 1-1 in the
playoffs last season.

Feeley will make his first start since he led Miami over
Cleveland on Dec. 26, 2004. He was 4-1 as a starter in the last
five regular-season games in 2002, helping the Eagles finish first
in the NFC after McNabb and backup Koy Detmer were injured. Feeley
was 3-5 in eight starts with the Dolphins in '04, including a win
over eventual Super Bowl champion New England.

Strong safety Quintin Mikell also is out with a sprained knee,
meaning Philadelphia might have to start third-string J.R. Reed.