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McNabb says there's 'no doubt' he'll start vs. San Francisco

PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb will start in the Eagles' home opener Sunday against San Francisco despite a bruised chest.

The quarterback practiced Friday for the second straight day and did not seem bothered by the injury he sustained in the first quarter of Philadelphia's 14-10 opening loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Coach Andy Reid said McNabb will start "unless something crazy happens."

McNabb looked fine during running drills, dropping back and making little-defended passes with ease. He said Thursday there was "no doubt" he'd start.

"I was being a little bit cautious with him yesterday and he didn't want any part of that," Reid said. "He felt good and went out and made all his throws. I was not sure how he was going to do with the deep ball yesterday, but I think he answered that. He threw the ball well."

Reid said the injury will not prevent McNabb from running.

"I don't necessarily want him to get hit there again, but if needed, he will run," Reid said.

McNabb didn't miss any plays after a crushing hit from Chad Lavalais sent him wincing to the sideline, but he struggled the rest of the game against the Falcons. Lavalais was fined $7,500 for using his helmet on McNabb.

McNabb missed practice Wednesday. McNabb threw one interception, lost two fumbles and often missed his target with erratic passes. He finished 24-of-45 for 257 yards and one touchdown.

ROETHLISBERGER RETURNS: Ben Roethlisberger practiced with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, but is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Houston.

Coach Bill Cowher said it likely would be a game-time decision. If Roethlisberger can't play, former starter Tommy Maddox will take his place.

Roethlisberger was held out Wednesday and Thursday with a bone bruise on his knee, and was downgraded from probable (75 percent chance of playing) to questionable (50 percent) by Cowher.

"The biggest thing is just make sure I'm ready to play for Sunday," Roethlisberger said. "I'll be ready by Sunday, hopefully."

HASSELBECK WILL PLAY: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was added to the team's injury report due to arm soreness Friday, but coach Mike Holmgren said his starter will play in the team's home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Hasselbeck is listed as probable on the injury report after being limited at practices all week.

"His arm's sore, so we just backed him off," Holmgren said. "He'll play Sunday."

ANDERSON IS PAIN-FREE: Mike Anderson ran without pain Friday, showing little indication he had sore ribs as the Denver Broncos tuned up for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers.

"He had a lot of reps in practice today and looked pretty good out there," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. "So unless there's a setback, he should be ready to go."

Anderson, who is listed as questionable for the game, had four carries for 5 yards before sustaining the rib injury last week in Miami.

He practiced with the team Wednesday, but the sixth-year back from Utah missed Thursday's drills to attend a funeral before returning Friday.

Anderson wore a flak jacket-type protector to minimize further damage to his ribs. He wasn't available for questions following Friday's workout.

NFL LIFTS N.Y. BLACKOUT: At New York, the NFL lifted the television blackout for Monday night's New Orleans-New York game at Giants Stadium, allowing it to be viewed locally even though it wasn't sold out by Friday's deadline.

The game was originally scheduled to be the Saints' home opener, but was moved because of Hurricane Katrina.

The NFL usually blacks out games locally when all tickets aren't sold, but the league waived that rule because of what it called "extraordinary circumstances."

The game and fund-raising telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief will be televised in the New York area by ABC beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

ESPN will carry the start of the Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game at 9 p.m. in New York, Louisiana, and other selected markets.

At the conclusion of the Saints-Giants game, ABC affiliates in New York, New Orleans, and other selected areas will pick up the Dallas-Washington game.

BUCS ROOKIE SUSPENDED: Tampa Bay rookie fullback Rick Razzano was suspended four games Friday by the NFL for violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids.

Razzano, a seventh-round draft pick from Mississippi, said through the team that he tested positive for a substance he used in training before joining the Buccaneers. He did not identify the substance.

"I take full responsibility for my mistake and encourage all athletes to be fully aware of all substances which may be prohibited by the NCAA or their respective sports and leagues," Razzano said.

"I apologize to my family, my coaches, teammates, the ownership and Buccaneer fans for the embarrassment and distraction I have caused. Let my experience be a further lesson for all."