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Feeley remains starting QB for Eagles

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 24, 2002

PHILADELPHIA -- Quarterback A.J. Feeley is 4-0 as a starter and will have another chance to stay perfect against the Giants on Saturday.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Feeley will start again because Koy Detmer is not ready to play. Feeley has led the NFC East champion Eagles to four consecutive wins since taking over for injured teammates Detmer and Donovan McNabb.

Detmer dislocated his elbow in a win over the 49ers on Nov. 25. McNabb went down with a broken ankle Nov. 17.

"Koy is such a competitor and would like to play this weekend, but his arm is not in a position where he could play a complete game right now," Reid said Monday.

Feeley has completed 73 of 129 passes (57 percent) for 858 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions.

The Eagles can clinch homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a victory against the Giants.

BENGALS: Safety Mark Roman has torn cartilage in his right knee and will miss the final game.

BEARS: The team will decide this week whether quarterback Henry Burris will make his first career start against the Bucs.

BILLS: Cornerback Chris Watson missed his first game of the season because of disciplinary reasons. Coach Gregg Williams said Watson would play in the finale against Cincinnati.

BRONCOS: Quarterback Brian Griese's sprained left knee still was sore, but the team will not know until later this week whether he will play against Arizona.

CARDINALS: Offensive lineman Leonard Davis is headed for injured reserve after hurting his left knee in Saturday's loss to San Francisco. No results were available from an MRI, but coach Dave McGinnis said the tackle is out.

COLTS: Starting outside linebacker Marcus Washington has a sprained knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Receiver Qadry Ismail has a concussion and will undergo neurological tests this week.

FALCONS: Fullback Bob Christian will not play this weekend after his second concussion in two months and is considering retirement.

JAGUARS: Quarterback Mark Brunell is day to day with a sore right hamstring.

PACKERS: Pro Bowl safety Darren Sharper has a sprained right knee but has not been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Jets.

RAMS: Quarterback Marc Bulger will miss the finale with a spinal injury that the team said will not require surgery or threaten his career. With Kurt Warner on injured reserve and backup Jamie Martin nursing a bruised left knee Scott Covington could start Monday against the 49ers. ... Defensive end Grant Wistrom, who has a hairline fracture near his knee, and linebacker Tommy Polley, who aggravated an ankle injury, also will miss the game.

REDSKINS: Deion Sanders was released, clearing the first of several obstacles for him to play for the Raiders. The retired cornerback was on the Redskins' reserve-retired list since he retired after the 2000 season. Sanders must clear waivers today for the Raiders to be able to sign him. ... Defensive end Ladarius Jackson had surgery to reattach a knee tendon and will need at least five months of rehabilitation.

TITANS: The sore ribs that kept quarterback Steve McNair from practicing for the past month are healing, but now his back hurts. McNair left Sunday's game early in the fourth quarter and watched with ice strapped to his lower back. Coach Jeff Fisher said McNair felt better Monday.

MINORITY HIRING: The civil rights group that helped initiate the league's recent push for minority hiring believes the new policy should have stiffer penalties. Last week, the league instituted a policy requiring teams to interview minority candidates for coaching vacancies. The group believes teams not conforming should face stiff penalties, such as forfeiting or voluntarily surrendering draft choices.

ARENA LEAGUE: The Storm signed Omarr Smith, the Ironman of the 2002 ArenaBowl. Smith, a wide receiver/defensive back, caught four passes for 34 yards and had five tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in San Jose's 52-14 victory over Arizona.

-- Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

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