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Published Jul. 29, 2007

Quarterback Donovan McNabb says he doesn't need to be completely healthy to be a force in the NFL.

McNabb took part in the first practice of Eagles training camp Saturday, more than eight months after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Tennessee.

"I'd say it's still about 75 percent," McNabb said of his knee. "I haven't tested it yet, but I can do everything I need to do in order to be successful. At 75 percent, I personally feel I can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league."

McNabb was just that last season before suffering the injury. The five-time Pro Bowler was second in the NFL with 2,534 yards passing, tied for second with 17 touchdown passes and sixth with a 96.6 passer rating.

Although he doesn't appear hindered in practice, the Eagles do not plan to rush his return and have not decided whether he will play in their preseason opener against Baltimore on Aug. 13.

"I'm not in any hurry to push him into the first preseason game," coach Andy Reid said.

"You want to play a whole game, but in the preseason you've got to be smart," McNabb said.

BENGALS: First-round pick Leon Hall (cornerback, Michigan) signed a five-year deal that guarantees him $8.2-million and could be worth $13.6-million overall, his agent said. Hall, taken 18th overall, missed two practices but reported in time for Saturday's night session.

BRONCOS: First-round pick Jarvis Moss (defensive end, Florida) and second-rounder Tim Crowder (defensive end, Texas) signed, meaning there will be no holdouts when camp begins today. No terms were released.

PATRIOTS: The team's top pick, Brandon Meriweather (safety, Miami), looked comfortable covering receiver Randy Moss during his first practice. During drills, Meriweather stayed with Moss, who caught two passes from Tom Brady on short sideline routes. Coach Bill Belichick said Meriweather would workout at cornerback and safety. His signing comes as cornerback Asante Samuel's holdout continued into the second day. Samuel wants a multiyear agreement after rejecting a one-year, $7.79-million contract.

TITANS: Top pick Michael Griffin (safety, Texas) signed his five-year deal before noon then had to sit out the first session waiting for the NFL to approve his contract.