- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 27, 2008

From combined dispatches

Donovan McNabb returned to practice Friday, but the Eagles could be without Brian Westbrook for Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears.

McNabb was a full participant in Friday’s practice after sitting out all week with a chest contusion he suffered in the first half of last week’s 15-6 win over Pittsburgh. He is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said McNabb was able to make all the necessary throws in practice.

“During the practice, he felt good,” Reid said.

The Eagles likely will be without Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews and tight end L.J. Smith, who are both listed as doubtful. Westbrook is officially listed as questionable.

JETS: Brett Favre was listed as questionable for New York’s game against Arizona with a sore left ankle but is expected to start against the Cardinals.

The 38-year-old quarterback twisted his left ankle Monday night in New York’s loss at San Diego. His ankle was tightly wrapped, but he appeared hardly hobbled during the half-hour of practice the media were allowed to watch Friday.

RAVENS: Baltimore ruled out starting cornerback Samari Rolle for Monday night’s game against Pittsburgh because of shoulder and neck injuries.

In Rolle’s place, the Ravens could go with a combination of reserve cornerbacks Fabian Washington, Corey Ivy and Frank Walker.

PACKERS: The outlook for injured cornerback Al Harris is encouraging.

Harris suffered a spleen injury in Sunday night’s game against Dallas and has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says Harris will be out “at least three to four weeks.”

But it’s good news for Harris, as it was initially feared the Pro Bowl cornerback would miss the rest of the season and that his career could be in jeopardy.

COLTS: Safety Bob Sanders, already out with a sprained right ankle, had arthroscopic surgery on a knee.

Last season’s NFL defensive player of the year injured his ankle Sept. 14 at Minnesota and was initially expected to miss four to six weeks. Colts owner Jim Irsay said the recovery period for the sprain likely would be longer than that for the knee, so the surgery was scheduled during his absence.

The team has not said which knee was operated on or the nature of the ailment.

TEXANS: Houston will play its home opener against Indianapolis on Oct. 5 in hurricane-damaged Reliant Stadium with the roof open.

The stadium’s retractable roof lost five pieces in the storm, and officials said large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium during Hurricane Ike.

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