Donovan McNabb said yesterday that despite lingering pain from a fractured rib he will be ready to play Sunday against Tampa Bay at Lincoln Financial Field.
"I'll be there," McNabb said.
One place McNabb doesn't plan on being in is St. Louis. The Rams are for sale and one group submitting a bid includes conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.
In 2003, when Limbaugh worked on ESPN's NFL pregame show, he said that McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. Limbaugh resigned that position a few days later.
Asked about Limbaugh's bid to own the Rams, McNabb joked, "If he's rewarded to buy them, congratulations to him, but I won't be in St. Louis anytime soon."
Asked if he might someday play for the Rams, McNabb said, "I'll be here."
Meanwhile, coach Andy Reid said running back Brian Westbrook, who missed the Kansas City game with a sore ankle, would also be able to play.
As for McNabb, the rib is not completely healed.
"It's probably about a six- to eight-week deal before it fully heals," said McNabb, who was injured Sept. 13. "As far as right now, it's something that you battle with and you continue to grind, but nothing that will restrict me in any way."
If the pain won't confine him, the shielding he'll be wearing could hamper McNabb's ability to throw. He said he hasn't worn a flak jacket since early in his career. Yesterday he wore something that looked like a flak jacket, with padding that encircled his back and was held up by suspenders.
"I'll be trying out different rib guards and some padding," McNabb said.
One thing McNabb won't have to get used to is returning from an injury. He's had a lot of that over the last five seasons in which he has missed 17 games. In 2005 and 2006, McNabb's seasons ended after he suffered a sports hernia and a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In 2007, he sat out two games with an ankle sprain, but was able to return without missing much of a beat.
"If you go through off-season workouts and you go through the preseason and training camp and you get hurt during the season, it's not hard at all to come back," Michael Vick said. "If you're talking six or seven games, it's going to feel like a big difference. I sat out 12 weeks one time with a broken ankle and I came back. I pretty much had the same feeling I have now."
Sunday will be Vick's second game back since the end of the 2006 season, but it will be his first regular-season game playing alongside McNabb. McNabb made comments about the Vick Wildcat plays disrupting the rhythm after the third preseason game against the Jaguars.
"I'm fine with it," McNabb said yesterday. "I said I was fine with it before. I think a lot of things get blown way out of proportion when something new occurs."
With Kevin Kolb starting at quarterback against the Chiefs last week, Vick was on the field for 11 plays. But he only threw twice and ran once. Both passes went incomplete and the run gained 7 yards. After the game, Vick hinted that the plays only touched the surface and that he anticipated being used about a dozen times a game.
That prediction decreased yesterday.
" 'Help the team, not hurt the team' - which is my motto right now," Vick said. "If I only get five or six plays for the rest of the season, I'm content with that."
Reid said that Vick will be part of the offense against woeful Tampa Bay.
"We don't have a set number, just have to play it by ear and see how things go," he said.
McNabb said he was comfortable with not having the football in his hands for 10 to 12 plays. Of course, as is his way, he made his point with a joke.
"If we're passing the ball 50 times and we're running 75 plays, I think I'm all right," McNabb said.