June 11, 2007

McNabb Practices

All Signs Positive In McNabb's Return To Practice


Donovan McNabb returned to the practice field at the NovaCare Complex on Monday, marking the first time the quarterback has participated in practice since tearing his right ACL against the Tennessee Titans on November 19 last season.

McNabb's participation in Organized Team Activities was limited, as the Eagles coaches took precautions to protect the franchise quarterback.

"He looked great," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said of McNabb immediately after practice. "You couldn't tell that he was gone. He's made differently I think."

After warming up and running through a few offensive plays during individual drills, McNabb participated in 11-on-11 drills against a defensive scout team. McNabb took just three snaps - two of which were running plays. McNabb's one pass was approximately a 45-yard bomb which was completed to wide receiver Reggie Brown. The pass was partially underthrown, but it still possessed of the trademark tight spiral and high arc of a McNabb deep ball.

After that series, McNabb took part in 7-on-7 drills working exclusively on pass plays. He took six snaps and completed three passes - two check downs to running back Brian Westbrook and a 15-yard strike over the middle to tight end Lee Vickers. Two of his three incompletions were drops in tight coverage by fullback Thomas Tapeh and wide receiver Kevin Curtis, respectively.

McNabb didn't appear at any point to favor his right leg or show any semblance of discomfort. At 12:03 PM, just over an hour after he had stepped onto the field, McNabb was given a pat on the shoulder-pads by head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, who then ushered the quarterback off the practice field, thus ending McNabb's first day back.

When asked if there was any specific plan for how much work McNabb would receive over the rest of the OTA, which wraps up Thursday, Mornhinweg said McNabb and the coaching staff would "take it day-by-day."*

Great news! Love to hear that McNabb is doing well. For being labeled as "injury prone", McNabb sure does seem to recover well from being hurt.

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