Kolb to Remain Eagles' Starter if McNabb Can't Go

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid reiterated Monday what he'd indicated following Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints: Kevin Kolb will remain the team's starter at quarterback this weekend if Donovan McNabb again is unable to play because of a fractured rib.

Kolb made his first NFL start Sunday with McNabb on the Eagles' inactive list. Kolb threw for 391 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions in the mistake-marred, 48-22 loss to the Saints.

Reid said at a news conference Monday that McNabb is making progress but isn't ready to participate in contact drills.

Reid said he'll see how Michael Vick does in practice this week before determining his role in Sunday's game against Kansas City at Lincoln Financial Field. Vick is eligible to play in the game under the terms of his reinstatement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Eagles also have veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia, who was Kolb's backup against the Saints but didn't play.

The Eagles will continue to evaluate the sprained ankle suffered by tailback Brian Westbrook and the strained groin muscle suffered by wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

-- GIANTS: Former wide receiver Plaxico Burress is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday to be sentenced. He is expected to begin serving his prison term immediately thereafter. He pleaded guilty last month to one count of attempted criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the incident last November in which he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub.

Burress agreed to a two-year prison sentence under a plea deal. His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said after Burress's guilty plea that he expected him to actually serve approximately 20 months in jail.

-- COWBOYS: Tailback Marion Barber underwent an MRI exam Monday for the quadriceps injury that he suffered during Sunday night's loss to the New York Giants but the team did not immediately announce the results.

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