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Posted Sep 26, 2005


Donovan McNabb continues to be hampered by a lower abdominal injury that is affecting his ability to run and pass.

McNabb completed just 11 of 24 first-half passes in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Raiders. He did much better in the second half, completing 19 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, but admitted the pain is bothering him.

"I'm a little banged up," he said. "But this is my job and this is what I love to do. So, if I can find a way to get healthy and be out there at a hundred percent, that's my goal."

The Eagles had McNabb examined last week to see if he might have a sports hernia. All coach Andy Reid would say about the injury is that "right now they are calling it an abdominal strain. That's what they're calling it.

"Time should help it. Time should help heal that, but there's not a lot of time."

Reid admitted that he gave some thought in the first half to replacing the struggling McNabb with backup Koy Detmer, but decided against it.

"There was a point where I thought about it, yes," Reid said. "There was a point where he was hurting after he took a hit there. He tried to run and took a hit. I thought about it."

McNabb likely won't practice much this week and is expected to be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City. McNabb said he'll probably play unless there's a chance he could cause further injury by playing.

"If it's a possibility with being out there that I can't get any worse, then I'll be out there on the field," he said.

REPLAY

Quarterback Donovan McNabb, playing with an abdominal injury that affected his play, struggled through an awful first half before catching fire in the second half and leading the Eagles to a 23-20 win over the Raiders.

McNabb completed 19 of 28 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the second half as the Eagles battled back from a 10-6 halftime deficit. Versatile running back Brian Westbrook notched his 12th straight 100-yard rushing and receiving game. He caught six passes for a career-high 140 yards and rushed for another 68 on 13 carries.

PLAYER NOTES

--QB Donovan McNabb continues to be bothered by an abdominal injury that is effecting his play. The Eagles are trying to determine whether he has a sports hernia.

--PK David Akers aggravated his hamstring injury on the game's opening kickoff. He returned to kick two extra points and a game-winning 23-yard field goal, but he almost certainly won't play Sunday against Kansas City.

--PK Todd France, an NFL Europe product signed to the Eagles' practice squad last week, is expected to be signed to their 53-man roster and activated for this week's game against Kansas City. France would replace injured David Akers, who aggravated a hamstring strain Sunday.

--DE Juqua Thomas, the club's backup right end, injured his knee in Sunday's win over Oakland and was scheduled to have an MRI to check the severity of the injury.

--DT Darwin Walker, who sat out Sunday's game against Oakland with a thigh contusion suffered in practice late in the week, is expected to play this week against Kansas City. Rookie first-rounder Mike Patterson replaced Walker in the starting lineup and notched his first NFL sack.



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