McNabb unlikely to face Seahawks on Sunday
PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb is doubtful for the Eagles' game against Seattle on Sunday after missing practice again Friday.
2007 Season Stats Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat 326 195 2178 13 6 87.3
The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback has been sidelined since spraining his right ankle and injuring his thumb in a win over the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 18.
"He's working like crazy," coach Andy Reid said. "It's his lateral mobility, his ability to push off right or left and keep himself in a safe position. Until he has that, he can't go out there."
A.J. Feeley would get his second consecutive start if McNabb can't play. Feeley is coming off a strong outing in a 31-28 loss to New England in which he had career bests in completions (27) and yards passing (345) and threw for three touchdowns. But he also had three interceptions, including one that was returned for a score.
McNabb has thrown the ball on the side and was scheduled to work with trainers again after practice Friday, but he didn't participate with the team.
"He's had two good workouts, but we're just not quite there," Reid said. "He's going to go do it again [Friday]. So, we'll see how it goes here."
The Eagles (5-6) need a victory over the NFC West-leading Seahawks (7-4) to keep from falling further behind in the playoff race. Feeley was 4-1 filling in for McNabb in 2002, including a win at Seattle.
"We haven't changed the game plan much from when Donovan was in," Reid said. "They both have strong arms and they can do things with the football down the field, and in the short intermediate game. With A.J.'s experience, that allows us to do some of the deeper things that maybe we didn't do the first time around."
Since leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl three years ago, McNabb hasn't played a full season. He missed the final seven games in 2005 with a sports hernia and sat out the last eight games, including playoffs, last season with a torn knee ligament.
Overall, the Eagles are 14-9 in games McNabb has missed because of injury since he became the starter in Week 10 of his rookie year in 1999.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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