Bracing for the season-ending hernia surgery that Donovan McNabb will undergo in the next week or two, and his subsequent transfer to the injured reserve list, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Andy Hall to the practice squad.
A sixth-round choice in the 2004 draft, Hall spent his entire rookie season on the Eagles' practice squad. The former University of Delaware star was in camp with the Eagles this summer and was among the team's final cuts.
It is not yet known if Philadelphia will seek a veteran free agent quarterback to replace McNabb on the active roster. The re-signing of Hall, however, indicates that the Eagles will elevate him to the roster at the appropriate time.
McNabb was put on injured reserve Tuesday, officially putting him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
There have been rumors that the team would sign free agent Kordell Stewart, recently released by the Baltimore Ravens, but those were unsubstantiated. Hall, who has played for Philadelphia in preseason games each of the past two summers, is more familiar with coach Andy Reid's offense than anyone else available right now.
The only healthy quarterbacks on the roster are Mike McMahon and Koy Detmer. McMahon started Sunday against the New York Giants, his first start since the 2002 season finale when he was with the Detroit Lions, and will remain atop the quarterback depth chart.
Hall, 24, played for the Rhein Fire of the NFL Europe League this spring. He worked out for several NFL teams following his release by the Eagles but was not signed.
In 2003, Hall led Delaware to the Division I-AA championship game and was named the Atlantic 10 Conference player of the year.
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