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Philadelphia Eagles update: Quarterback Donovan McNabb to start against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eagles update

McNabb's ribs not quite 100 percent, but he will start

PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Donovan McNabb plans to start when Philadelphia plays Tampa Bay on Sunday, his first action since breaking his rib in the season opener.

McNabb still feels some discomfort and needs a protective jacket to absorb punishing hits.

"You're talking about one of the all-time greats playing quarterback," coach Andy Reid said Wednesday. "… It's always good to get that kind of a player back in there."

McNabb practiced and should have running back Brian Westbrook (knee) available, Reid said.

McNabb still feels some discomfort when he laughs, coughs or sleeps on his side. "As far as right now, it's something you battle with and continue to grind, but it's nothing that will restrict me in any way," he said.

Kevin Kolb, who threw for 327 yards vs. Kansas City and 391 vs. New Orleans in his two starts, returns to his backup role.

Michael Vick, who was suspended for the first two games, will continue to be worked into the offense. Reid said he had no set number of plays that he wanted to include Vick in.

Associated Press

Philadelphia Eagles update: Quarterback Donovan McNabb to start against Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10/07/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 8, 2009 8:55am]

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