The worst-kept secret in sports history became official when the Eagles released their list of inactive players for today's home opener against the Saints. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is out, so that means Kevin Kolb will get his first career NFL start.
Apparently, McNabb's fractured rib did not reach the amount of "stickiness" that would have been required for McNabb to be healthy enough to go. So his third-year backup gets the call.
Kolb came out on the field around 11:15 a.m. to warm up. He threw of bunch of passes to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and at least looked the starting quarterback part.
The Eagles' other inactives are: QB Michael Vick, WRs Brandon Gibson and Reggie Brown, S Quintin Demps, LB Joe Mays, G Mike McGlynn and G Todd Herremans.
Victor Abiamiri (groin) will start at defensive end. Max Jean-Gilles will start at right guard.
Kickoff is set for a little past 1 p.m. It's a perfect day for football. The skies are clear and the temperatures will hover around 70 degrees at kickoff. The Eagles are a 2-point underdog, according to most lines.