Donovan McNabb made good progress this week while coming back from a broken rib, but he isn’t yet ready to play, league sources told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, so Kevin Kolb will be the Eagles’ starting QB in their Sunday home opener against the Saints.
The Eagles were holding out hope that McNabb, who suffered the injury while crossing the goal line on a 3-yard touchdown run against the Panthers last week, would be able to fight through the pain and start against the Saints.
Instead, Kolb, drafted in the second round in 2007, will make his first career start for the Eagles. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 23 yards and was sacked twice after he took over for McNabb last week. Kolb also has 167 career passing yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions.
Jeff Garcia, who signed with the Eagles on Tuesday, will be the No. 2 quarterback. Michael Vick isn’t eligible to play until next week’s game against the Chiefs.