Quarterback Donovan McNabb sat out the Philadelphia Eagles' practice yesterday after suffering a bruised chest in Monday night's season-opening loss at Atlanta, but vowed to play in Sunday's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
"Nothing would ever stop me from getting out on that field," McNabb said at a news conference.
Reserve quarterbacks Koy Detmer and Mike McMahon split the work during yesterday's practice and Coach Andy Reid declined to say which would start if McNabb can't play.
McNabb was hurt on a hit by Falcons defensive tackle Chad Lavalais just after releasing a deep pass toward wide receiver Terrell Owens that was intercepted by Atlanta cornerback DeAngelo Hall. McNabb threw for 257 yards and a touchdown in the 14-10 loss to the Falcons, but committed three turnovers. He underwent an X-ray after the game and had an MRI exam and a CT scan Tuesday. . . .
Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and Falcons cornerback Kevin Mathis likely will be fined $10,000 apiece by the league for a pregame scuffle Monday that led to their ejections. That's the amount that Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter and Cleveland running back William Green were fined for being ejected from a game last season following a pregame fight. Mathis suffered a knee injury during practice yesterday and could be sidelined for a significant portion of the season.
Home Sweet Jersey
The New Orleans Saints' first "home" game comes Monday evening at Giants Stadium against the New York Giants. The Saints will wear their home black uniforms and the Giants will wear their road white jerseys. One end zone will be painted Saints colors and some Saints signs will adorn the stadium.
All of that is unlikely to make the Saints forget, however, that NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue ordered the game to be moved to their opponent's home stadium. That decision was criticized by Saints Coach Jim Haslett. . . .
St. Louis Rams President John Shaw told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that one of the team's executives would be reprimanded for leaving a threatening phone message on the voice mail of one of the newspaper's columnists.
After columnist Bernie Miklasz wrote that Coach Mike Martz deserved support instead of back-stabbing from members of the club's front office, Samir Suleiman, the Rams' director of football administration, reportedly left a message for Miklasz in which he said to "tell your source that I'm not a back-stabber. I'm a . . . throat-slasher, and he'll know the difference before it's all said and done." . . .
Seattle defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes is scheduled to attend Sunday's game against the Falcons but will not resume his play-calling duties. He missed the Seahawks' opening game at Jacksonville and was hospitalized last week after suffering from dizziness. . . .
Second-year pro Jordan Carstens takes over at defensive tackle for Carolina for Kris Jenkins, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday's loss to the Saints.
Browns: Black and Blue
Cleveland will be without linebacker Matt Stewart and kick returner Joshua Cribbs, but could have cornerback Gary Baxter back in the lineup.
Baxter practiced yesterday for the first time in more than three weeks after suffering a concussion in an Aug. 20 exhibition game against Detroit.
"I'm very much expecting to play and start," Baxter said.
Stewart and Cribbs both hurt their knees in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati; MRI exams indicated ligament damage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.