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Kolb Is Still the Man for the Eagles if McNabb Can't Play

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.

-- RAMS: St. Louis announced that rookie tackle Jason Smith suffered a sprained knee during Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins. Smith, the second player chosen in the draft in April, won't need surgery but probably will be sidelined this week. Adam Goldberg would replace him in the lineup.

-- SEAHAWKS: Coach Jim Mora confirmed a report that quarterback Matt Hasselbeck suffered a fractured rib during Sunday's loss at San Francisco. Mora said it was too soon to know if Hasselbeck would be able to play this weekend.

-- BROWNS: Without confirming reports that he fined a player $1,701 for failing to pay for a bottle of water at the team hotel and fined another player for not paying for a movie, Coach Eric Mangini defended his policies Monday.

"I won't talk about the specifics of the fines or who's involved," Mangini said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But I will say that I don't like players' money, but the rules are in place because we have a very diverse group of people and the rules are set up to make sure we can operate effectively as possible."

Mangini also said he's sticking with Brady Quinn as his starting quarterback, though he's the league's 28th-rated passer.

-- FALCONS: Atlanta placed rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry, a first-round pick, on the injured reserve list, ending his season. He suffered a knee injury Sunday. The Falcons promoted defensive tackle Vance Walker from the practice squad.

-- BILLS: The team lost starting right tackle Brad Butler for the season. Butler suffered a knee injury during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.

-- BUCCANEERS: Safety Jermaine Phillips suffered a broken thumb during Sunday's loss at Buffalo, the team announced. It's unclear if the injury will keep Phillips, the starter at free safety, out of the lineup.

-- PANTHERS: Defensive tackle Louis Leonard suffered a broken ankle during Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, the club announced. Leonard was hurt on the Panthers' final defensive play. Carolina obtained him last month in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

-- SCHEDULING: According to the Associated Press, the NFL indicated there are no plans to switch home dates for the two Packers-Vikings games this season to avoid a potential conflict with a baseball game.

The Vikings are scheduled to host the Packers on Oct. 5 at the Metrodome. The Twins could host a one-game playoff that day.

-- Mark Maske

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