Donovan McNabb has been downgraded to doubtful. He has missed all three practices this week, and it appears that A.J. Feeley will get the nod Sunday night against New England. McNabb has a sore thumb on his throwing hand, and a sprained right ankle. The Eagles have taken the cautious approach with the injury, but it does not appear to be improving much.
Feeley has played well for the Eagles in the past, and he did a solid job last week against Miami. A.J. was also the QB in a comeback victory over New England, when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins.
Feeley will not dazzle you with a tremendous arm, but he can do many things well. He is smart, knows the offense, throws accurate catchable balls, and rarely makes mistakes. Andy Reid feels Feeley is ready to go, and he will probably help A.J. out with a heavy dose of Brian Westbrook.
This situation is eerily similar to one the Eagles were in last season.
This time last year the Eagles had a 5-5 record, Donovan McNabb was injured, and backup Garcia made his first start against the eventual Super Bowl Champions the Indianapolis Colts.
Right now the Eagles are 5-5, McNabb is hurt, and the backup is making his first start against the undefeated Patriots.
If this deja vu continues, the Eagles will get blown about by the Pats, just like the Colts did a year ago.
Then Birds will win 5 in a row with Feeley, just like they did with Garcia last season.
I can dream right?