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Kolb likely QB starter for Eagles

Andy Reid declared Donovan McNabb doubtful for Sunday's home opener against the New Orleans Saints, but the Philadelphia Eagles'coach wouldn't rule out the possibility that his starting quarterback would recover in time to play.

Apparently, McNabb’s fractured rib, which was broken clean through the bone on Sunday, has started to mend.

“I think it’s sticky,” Reid said Friday of McNabb’s mending rib. “When they start feeling better that’s normally a sign that that’s happened.”

Asked about his condition, McNabb laughed and said, “I feel great,” before walking out of the team’s locker room.

Still, he did not practice on Friday – as he hasn’t all week – and Kevin Kolb took every snap with the first team, as he has all week.

Kolb has mentally prepared himself for his first NFL start, and so have a few other Eagles. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson went on Jim Rome’s radio show and announced that Kolb would start.

A team spokesman, who said that Reid was alerted to Jackson’s statement, said, “Players don’t make personnel decisions.”

LT to miss home opener

LaDainian Tomlinson has been ruled out of the San Diego Chargers’ home opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday due to a sprained ankle, just the second time the star running back will miss a start due to injury in his brilliant nine-year career.

Tomlinson was hurt in Monday’s 24-20 win at Oakland. His carries will go to Darren Sproles and Michael Bennett, a late-season addition last year who made the roster out of training camp.

Rivers fined for taunting

The NFL has fined San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers $7,500 for taunting in Monday night’s victory at Oakland.

Rivers was involved in an incident with Raiders defensive lineman Gerard Warren which resulted in a 15-yard penalty as well as the fine.

The league also fined Redskins receiver Santana Moss and Giants cornerback Corey Webster $5,000 apiece for their tussle during last week’s game.

Elsewhere, Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was fined $10,000 for the hit he put on 49ers tight end Vernon Davis in Week 1.

Extra points

San Francisco wide receiver Brandon Jones is unlikely to play against Seattle after returning to practice this week from a shoulder injury. Jones was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. ... Bills cornerback Terrence McGee signed a contract extension for four years, according to a person familar with the contract. ... The Dolphins announced that Monday night’s game against Indianapolis has been sold out, meaning the local TV blackout will be lifted. The Chargers (vs. Baltimore) and Lions (vs. Minnesota) also avoided blackouts by selling out their games. ...

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. will be toasted in San Francisco tonight as the inaugural member of the 49ers Hall of Fame. DeBartolo also will be honored at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. ... Longtime Detroit Lions offensive lineman Bob Kowalkowski is dead at 65. The team said Kowalkowski died Thursday at a hospital in suburban Detroit. Kowalkowski was a starting guard for most of his 11 seasons with the Lions. He was traded to Cleveland in 1977 and finished his career playing four games for Bart Starr with Green Bay 1977.

Middle linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, who is replacing the injured Brian Urlacher, won’t be the only new starter for the Bears against the Steelers on Sunday. Coach Lovie Smith said cornerback Nate Vasher, linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa and tight end Desmond Clark will not play for Chicago. ...

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