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Eagles to honor McNabb

PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb fought back tears Monday as he officially retired as an Eagle.

Famously booed when he was drafted in 1999, the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback was back in Philadelphia to make it official, three years after he was traded from the Eagles and 21 months after taking his final snap in the NFL with the Vikings.

"Special day," McNabb said. "I'm not one for emotion, but this is pretty tough."

The Eagles announced they will retire McNabb's No. 5 on Sept. 19, when they host the Chiefs — whose new coach is former Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Owner Jeffrey Lurie called McNabb the best quarterback in franchise history; the former Syracuse star leads every major passing category.

McNabb's relationship was sometimes acrimonious with the fans and the organization, but Monday was a form of closure. McNabb asked that the booing on draft day be put to rest.

"I look at the relationship just like marriage: you have some great times and you have some tough times," he said. "One thing's for sure; I said it before, and I'll say it again: I told the fans I'd bring a championship here. My goal was to have a parade down Broad Street. Now the Phillies did it first, and I apologize to the fans. Because that was my goal. I felt like I let them down."

Also, linebacker Jason Phillips tore his right ACL in Monday's practice. Phillips was the second Eagle to sustain a season-ending injury in three days. Starting receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL on Saturday.

Last first-rounder signs: The Titans agreed to terms with guard Chance Warmack, the last first-round draft pick to sign. The Tennessean reported that the former All-American at Alabama agreed to a four-year contract for a total value of $12.17 million with a $7.2 million signing bonus.

BILLS: Defensive end Mario Williams missed his second straight practice to have his sore foot evaluated by team doctors. … Brad Smith restructured the final two years of his contract. The seven-year veteran was set to make a $2.75 million base salary this season, and $3 million next year, not including bonuses.

BRONCOS: Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (left knee) hobbled off after being hurt in practice.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Josh Gordon was held out for part of practice because of patella tendinitis in his knee.

JAGUARS: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert sprained his right ankle and left the field on a cart. He was seen walking in tennis shoes and without a limp about two hours later. "He got up and he walked off, and that's a good thing," coach Gus Bradley said.

JETS: First-round cornerback Dee Milliner's rookie contract is for four years, $12.66 million fully guaranteed, with a signing bonus of $7.588 million, reported.

PACKERS: Former Florida receiver Omarius Hines signed.

PATRIOTS: First-year defensive lineman Armond Armstead is recovering after surgery for an infection, the team said without disclosing the nature of the infection.

RAVENS: All-Pro fullback Vonta Leach returned to the team, signing a two-year contract after being released by Baltimore last month. … Guard Ryan Jensen, a sixth-round pick, will miss about 10 weeks and needs surgery on a broken foot, the Baltimore Sun reported.

REDSKINS: Robert Griffin III said he has no pain in his surgically repaired right knee entering the second week of training camp. Griffin has been eased into practice, working sparingly during the morning walkthroughs and taking part in only positional drills and 7-on-7 during afternoon practices. … Cornerback DeAngelo Hall will have X-rays on his right ankle after he rolled it during a drill.

SAINTS: Linebacker Martez Wilson will miss 2-4 weeks after injuring his elbow in practice, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Eagles to honor McNabb 07/29/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:05pm]
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