Reid says injured McNabb is sore, but optimistic

The question about whether Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, who fractured a rib in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers, will play this week isn’t likely to be answered anytime soon. Eagles coach Andy Reid addressed McNabb’s status at his weekly news conference Monday, saying the situation will be evaluated on a day-by-day basis. Reid indicated McNabb’s fractured rib can’t get any worse, so it’s a matter of how McNabb can function with the injury.

Reid said the Eagles “won’t put him out there if he can’t function.” But that won’t be determined until later in the week.

“He is sore,” Reid said. “He’s going to try and do everything he possibly can to play this week. We’ll see how that goes. But he’s staying optimistic and everything about that. ”

Reid said that backup QB Kevin Kolb, who replaced McNabb to finish Sunday’s win over the Panthers, would get work with the starting group this week when the Eagles return to practice on Wednesday. The Eagles are only carrying two quarterbacks on the active roster, and have yet to make any decisions about bringing in another quarterback, Reid said. As for Michael Vick, who is on the exempt list and can’t practice with the team until he is reinstated to the active roster until the third game of the season, Reid said he hadn’t decided whether to take him off the list.

“I think we’re all confident in Kevin, coaches and players,” Reid said. “Given the opportunity, he can do a nice job.”

Reid indicated veteran QB A.J. Feeley, who was cut earlier this month, would be a possibilty the team would look at.

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