McNabb misses practice, availability unknown

PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb didn't practice Thursday, and the quarterback's availability for the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend against the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks is still in doubt.

McNabb has been sidelined since spraining his ankle and thumb in a win over the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 18. Listed as day-to-day, McNabb said Wednesday his ankle and thumb had improved and he was closer to getting back on the field than he was a week ago.

Coach Andy Reid said McNabb is his starting quarterback when he gets healthy, but that the QB's ankle was puffy and tender Wednesday, a day after a tough workout.

Reid said McNabb's ankle was more sore than his thumb and that he was trying to get to the point where he could "push off" on the ankle.

That didn't happen Thursday, as backup A.J. Feeley worked with the first team.

"I've gotten a better sense of timing with the guys," Feeley said. "It's more of an advantage to get reps with the (first-teamers)."

Feeley is coming off a strong outing in a 31-28 loss to New England in which he had career bests in completions (27) and yards passing (345) and threw for three touchdowns.

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