Andy Reid said that Donovan McNabb would be listed as doubftul for Sunday's game against the Saints. The Eagles coach said today that his quarterback was feeling better and that his starting would be a gameday decision. If McNabb can't go, Kevin Kolb will get his first career NFL start.
Of course, you could ignore Reid and go by what DeSean Jackson told Jim Rome on his radio show. The Eagles wide receiver said this afternoon that Kolb was already inked in as the starter. At least someone said it. It's not like it was some huge secret. Kolb's been taking all the snaps with the first team this week and he's been preparing as if he's the starter.
"I'm not looking at it any other way," Kolb said. "If I do let that little bit of doubt creep in it may cause me to relax a little bit and I don't want to relax my preparation."
Jackson was probably just giving his own take on the situation, which is how the Eagles' public relations department is framing Jackson's comments. Reid, though, might have something to say about the wideout's indescretion. According to a team spokesman, Reid knows about Jackson's comments and the company line is, "players don't make personnel decisions."
Also noteworthy is the news that Stacy Andrews will not start on Sunday. The guard will be part of a three-man rotation with Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles. Andrews started last week and was part of the same rotation, but Jean-Gilles injured himself so it was just Cole and Andrews for most of the game.
Andrews said his not starting was not a demotion. The team always planned to ease him in this way as he returns from off-season knee surgery to correct a torn ACL. He said the knee was OK, but that it still hasn't been a year since he had surgery in January. He also said that he's still working on getting the Eagles' technique for passing protection down and that may have had something to do with his sharing right guard duties.
"I missed the off-season so I really didn't get to work my technique that," offensive line coach Juan Castillo teaches, Andrews said.
If you're not counting at home, Andrews' not starting means that both Andrews brothers won't be starting even though Stacy and Shawn were supposed to sure up the right side of the line. Shawn Andrews, you may recall, was lost for the season when the Eagles placed him on the IR earlier this week.
Reid also said that defensive end Victor Abiamiri was questionable. Abiamiri did not practice today and left yesterday's practice with a groin injury. Linebacker Joe Mays (shoulder), safety Quintin Demps (hamstring) and guard Todd Herremans (foot) are out for Sunday's home opener.
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis (knee), tackle King Dunlap (elbow), tackle Winston Justice (shoulder), Jean-Gilles (knee) and Jackson (groin) are listed as probable.
McNabb missed practice again today as he continues to nurse a fractured rib. He watched the first part of practice in sweats. In the past, No. 5 has gone almost the whole week without practicing and still started that Sunday's game. If you believe Jackson, and why wouldn't you, McNabb is out.