McNabb Goes From Observer To Participant

The last time that Donovan McNabb was on a football field, he was sitting on the back of a cart on his way to the locker room. Monday, he returned to practice much to the surprise of his teammates.

Donovan McNabb has been at Eagles mini-camp serving as a pseudo coach for young quarterback Kevin Kolb. Monday, he moved from telling Kolb how to do things to showing him when he grabbed his helmet and took over the first team offense for a few series. If McNabb had his way, he would have stayed on the field longer, but head coach Andy Reid ordered him off the field and back to the locker room after just a few series.

"We want to make sure he can move around tomorrow, if possible. So we gave him a few shots and got him back to the ice tub," said Reid after the practice.

McNabb didn't talk to reporters, but issued a statement stressing how happy he was with his progress. "It felt great to get back out there on the field with all of the guys. It's just part of the rehab process and hopefully good things will continue to come. It is important to continue to monitor my progress, but also be smart about the whole situation."

The Eagles quarterback went down with a torn knee ligament last November and has been progressing well in his rehab. Last week, McNabb received a positive report when he had his knee examined and hinted that he may be getting close to returning to practice. As Reid said, the big moment will come when McNabb arrives at mini-camp Tuesday and reports how he feels after the short session. For now, the Eagles are remaining hopeful that McNabb will be ready to start the season as their quarterback. Last week on Daily News Live, McNabb said that he believes he'll be ready to start the season, but that Andy Reid will make the final decision and that he'll abide by that.

A.J. Feeley, Kelly Holcomb and Kolb are splitting the time taking snaps with the first team offense as they battle to work out the quarterback depth chart.

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