Kolb gets starting nod for Eagles

Updated: September 20, 2009, 1:16 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Kolb will start for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints as Donovan McNabb isn't ready to play because of a fractured rib.

McNabb will not dress for the game. Jeff Garcia is the backup, and the Eagles will have no third quarterback. In an emergency, Brian Westbrook or DeSean Jackson would play quarterback for Philadelphia.

Kolb has never thrown a TD pass in eight career games.

A strange scenario played out this week at Eagles practice, where McNabb, Garcia and Michael Vick mingled in the background while Kolb ran the offense.

Three quarterbacks with a combined 12 Pro Bowls and six NFC title games have been reduced to cheerleaders for Kolb and his 167 career yards passing and four interceptions.

Garcia knows what could happen among Eagles fans if Kolb gets off to a slow start.

Garcia was an instant favorite here during his first stint when he led the Eagles to the NFC East title subbing for an injured McNabb.

Kolb has been told he's earned the chance to start and finish Sunday's game. But there are no guarantees he'll get a second start.

With Garcia and Vick lurking if McNabb can't go next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, the pressure is on Kolb to play well and win.

McNabb cracked a single rib when he was crunched by several defenders on his 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of last week's win at Carolina. He didn't immediately get up after the touchdown, and was attended to by Eagles trainers before eventually leaving the field on his own.

Kolb was 7-for-11 for 23 yards and sacked twice once he took over for McNabb.

Information from ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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