McNabb, Buckhalter Look For Healthy Returns

Donovan McNabb and Correll Buckhalter both missed considerable time in 2005. They were two of the long list of injuries that served to destroy the Eagles' season. Now, both are looking for healthy returns and success in 2006.

Correll Buckhalter has missed three of the last four seasons with major knee injuries - including the last two with a torn patellar tendon - and is hopeful of making a comeback next season. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and had eight rushing touchdowns in 2003 when he rotated with Duce Staley and Brian Westbrook.

Buckhalter's health isn't 100% - he puts it at about 80% - but he is working out and rehabbing. The rehab is going well and has entered the phase where The 27 year old running back is working on strengthening and says he can do pretty much anything he wants, but simply lacks his normal strength. The 6-0, 220 pounder believes that he should be able to return to the backfield and is hoping to have a healthy season, something which has never come easily for Buckhalter. In three of his five NFL seasons, Buckhalter has come up with injuries, which has the Eagles concerned about durability.

While there are young players to push Buckhalter, the Eagles don't seem satisfied with them for the long-term and will likely consider some running backs in the upcoming draft. That of course, will come after they've filled other, more gaping holes.

It's not clear whether Buckhalter will be able to take part in the mini-camp in June, but by the time camp opens for real at Lehigh, he should be good to go.

The news on Donovan McNabb is much better. If there were any doubts about how he's recovering, he put them to rest last week when he threw down a slam dunk in a celebrity basketball game. After the jam, McNabb gave a sly smile, seemed to be meant for any detractors who were worried about his recovery. McNabb rehabbed after the surgery for a sports hernia and took part in the Eagles mini-camp and continues to work out in preparation for the June mini-camp.

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