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Monday, December 16, 2002
Reid says Feeley will start again

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

Confident in the ability of his undefeated starting quarterback and anxious to provide Koy Detmer another week of rehabilitation on his injured left elbow, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday that A.J. Feeley remains his quarterback for at least another week.

The second-year veteran will get his fourth straight start when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night in Texas Stadium. Feeley has a 3-0 record since replacing Detmer (dislocated left elbow), who had started one game in place of Donovan McNabb (broken ankle).

"He keeps firing away and that's important," Reid said of Feeley, who was 16-for-28 for 220 yards, with two touchdown passes and an interception in Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins. "He has the confidence of the players and that is a big thing, too."

Reid acknowledged that Detmer, who again will serve as No. 2 on the depth chart and will hold for placements, could probably start. But he termed the elbow injury a "significant" one and said he didn't want to rush the recovery of Detmer, who is anxious to play again.

The coach said that Feeley, who had played in just two games before taking over the starting spot, has done a "nice job" in leading the Eagles to the top of the NFC standings. If Philadelphia wins its final two games, the Eagles will own homefield advantage through the NFC bracket of the playoffs.

McNabb has begun riding the stationery bike and doing cardiovascular exercises. There is some hope he can begin bearing weight on the ankle this week. The odds remain long, but McNabb still hopes to play in one of the two remaining regular-season games and then in the postseason.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.