Garcia Probably Will Get Nod Over Feeley as Eagles' Replacement for McNabb
Coach Andy Reid isn't saying yet whether Jeff Garcia or A.J. Feeley will start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Indianapolis, but Garcia seems likely to get the nod.
He replaced Donovan McNabb during Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans after McNabb suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, ending his season. Garcia completed 26 of 48 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown but failed to provide much of a spark.
Garcia struggled as a starting quarterback last season with the Detroit Lions before signing with the Eagles in the offseason. But he had great success in the past while in San Francisco with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, now the Eagles' offensive coordinator.
Feeley led the Eagles to a 4-1 record in 2002 after McNabb and top backup Koy Detmer got hurt. The Eagles went 5-1 without McNabb that season. They had far less success last season after McNabb underwent season-ending surgery for a sports hernia, going 2-5.
McNabb was examined Monday in Birmingham by orthopedist James Andrews and probably won't undergo surgery for another few weeks because of the swelling in his knee. He is facing a rehabilitation period of eight to 12 months, according to the Eagles.
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