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Reid Gives McNabb Vote of Confidence

October 14, 2003|From Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Andy Reid is being peppered with questions about whether to bench an injured and ineffective Donovan McNabb.

The only topic Reid wants to put to rest is McNabb's status as the starting quarterback. "There is nobody who wants to win more than Donovan McNabb. I don't worry about that at all," Reid said Monday. "He's going to keep firing and he's going to be fine."

After two consecutive wins temporarily halted the criticism of an 0-2 start, the Eagles relapsed in Sunday's loss at Dallas, keeping McNabb the focal point of one of the worst offenses in the league.

His production hasn't been helped by the right thumb he sprained in the Sept. 29 victory over Buffalo. McNabb played against the Cowboys with a wrapping around his thumb that extended to his wrist. McNabb struggled against Dallas, often overthrowing his targets. He completed 11 of 26 passes for 126 yards.

"He's working through the pain of that and should be fine," Reid said. "It's not an injury he can't play with."

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