With Hank Baskett (knee) apparently unlikely to play, and Kevin Curtis (calf) also hobbled, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday that Reggie Brown will be dusted off and used in Sunday's game at Washington -- perhaps as a starter.

Brown, a starter going into the season, has been inactive the past two games and hasn't caught a pass since the Nov. 16 tie at Cincinnati. He said he doesn't know what sort of role he might expect.

"Play ball," he said. "Hopefully, try to contribute to the cause around here."

Asked what he thought he had to show the coaches, Brown said: "Show 'em what? To get back on the field? Before I got hurt (a groin injury in practice the week after the Oct. 5 Washington game) I came back out to be the leading receiver in two games," the Chicago and Washington losses, in  which Brown caught six and four passes, respectively. "If that's not enough to show 'em ... I can't do anything more than I'm already doing. It's their decision whether or not to play me. It's just my decision whether or not to go out there and do my best and try to help this team make ti to the playoffs."

Mornhinweg and Andy Reid decided after the debacle at Baltimore Nov. 23 to cut down to four wideouts in most situations, instead of trying to incorporate six, as they had previously whenever everyone was healthy. Greg Lewis, whose special teams role kept him from being deactivated, was one of those left out. Brown, who had no special teams role, was the other.

Asked why he thought he'd fallen behind Jason Avant and Baskett -- who lack Brown's speed and smoothness, but have seemed more inclined to fight through defenders and awkwardly thrown passes to make catches -- Brown said: "I don't know. That's a question you can ask Reid. Then maybe you can come back down here and tell me. 'Cause I don't know. I don't get answers."

OK, Reg, will do. Andy's probably just been dying to tell all of us his exact thinking on that. Suprised he hasn't just volunteered it, when he's in one of those gabby moods.

Given all the talk lately about Donovan McNabb playing with a "chip on his shoulder" (micro? potato? wood?), perhaps the once-promising 2005 second-round pick will experience a similar rebirth.