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Monday, October 13, 2003
Coach: McNabb will 'play through pain'

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb will remain the Eagles' starting quarterback despite a sprained right thumb that has limited his effectiveness.

Donovan McNabb
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"He's working through the pain of that and should be fine," coach Andy Reid said Monday.

McNabb struggled Sunday in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, often overthrowing his targets. He was 11-for-26 for 126 yards, his lowest total in a mediocre season.

McNabb, who was hurt in the Sept. 29 victory over Buffalo, played with wrapping around his thumb that extended to his wrist.

"It's not an injury he can't play with," Reid said.

McNabb is among a growing list of injured Eagles.

Reserve cornerback Rod Hood will miss Sunday's game with New York with a hamstring injury.

Wide receiver Todd Pinkston received good news from an MRI on Monday for a bruised left knee and is considered day-to-day. Pinkston was injured near the end of Sunday's loss to Dallas.

Running back Brian Westbrook has a hip pointer and is day-to-day. He was injured late in the first half.

Also injured are: defensive end Jerome McDougle (ankle), safety Brian Dawkins (foot sprain), fullback Jon Ritchie (hamstring), cornerback Lito Sheppard (toe), cornerback Bobby Taylor (foot) and guard Jermane Mayberry (elbow strain).

McDougle, Dawkins and Taylor didn't play against the Cowboys, and Reid on Monday didn't have a timetable for their return. Mayberry was activated for the Dallas game but did not play. Reid expected him back against the Giants.