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McNabb at practice, should start Sunday

Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb returned to practice Monday and is expected to start Sunday when the Eagles host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

McNabb has been out since breaking his rib in the season opener. He missed two games before the Eagles had their bye this past weekend.

“He looked good,” said backup Kevin Kolb, who replaced McNabb for two starts, with the Eagles going 1-1. “He was throwing the ball well.”

Seated at his locker after practice, which was closed to the media, McNabb refused to address reporters on any topic from his health to whether local football team Temple is better than his alma mater, Syracuse.

“No comment,” McNabb said to a string of questions.

Coach Andy Reid was not made available to the media Monday and is not expected to speak formally until his regularly scheduled news conference Wednesday morning.

Running back Brian Westbrook, who also sat out the Eagles’ last game with a knee injury, was back at Monday’s practice.

Singletary wants Crabtree

Coach Mike Singletary said the San Francisco 49ers would still like to have first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree play for the team this season.

Responding to a report that Crabtree and his agent were about to renew negotiations with the team, Singletary said he would not close the door on Crabtree, even though the wide receiver from Texas Tech has yet to practice with the 49ers because of a contract impasse.

Extra points

The Napa, Calif., police have finished their investigation into allegations that Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable assaulted one of his assistants and forwarded the case to county prosecutors. … Lions coach Jim Schwartz says QB Matthew Stafford is day to day with a knee injury. … Calvin Pace rejoined the New York Jets after completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. … Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither could play this Sunday against Cincinnati, depending on the result of an MRI he received Monday. … Eli Manning is going to have to play in pain if he wants to continue as the New York Giants quarterback. Manning was diagnosed with inflamed tissue in his right foot following tests.

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