Coming off the terrible tie in Cincinnati and the lopsided loss in Baltimore, it should be fascinating to see how the Eagles in general and quarterback Donovan McNabb in particular are greeted before tonight's game against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field.
It's a pretty good bet that the Eagles will introduce their defense before the game, but there will still be some reaction from the crowd the first time McNabb and the offense take the field. It's entirely possible that this will be McNabb's final start at the Linc because if the Eagles lose their next two games -- tonight and Dec. 7 at the Giants -- they may be officially eliminated from playoff contention by the time they play Dec. 15 in a home Monday night game against the Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles will play tonight's game without cornerback Asante Samuel, who was deactivated because of a neck stinger he suffered Sunday at Baltimore. Running back Correll Buckhalter also was deactivated with a sprained knee ligament. In a somewhat surprising move, Joselio Hanson rather than Lito Sheppard will get the start in place of Samuel. Running back Lorenzo Booker will dress for the first time in four games because of Buckhalter's injury. Running back Kyle Eckel will dress for the first time since joining the Eagles last month. The Episcopal Academy product has not played in a game since last season.
Former Eagles cornerback cornerback Rod Hood (rib injury) was deactivated by the Cardinals and replaced in the starting lineup by Ralph Brown.