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McNabb to Start Thursday Despite Benching vs Ravens

Despite being benched after a first half of awful football, the Eagles are going to go back to Donovan McNabb for Thursday night’s showdown at home with the Arizona Cardinals. “Sometimes you have to step back to step forward in a positive way and Donovan will do that,” coach Andy Reid said. “This has nothing to do with Kolb’s performance or Donovan’s performance.”

McNabb was pulled at the half of Sunday’s 36-7 loss to the Ravens. At the time he was pulled the team trailed just 10-7, but he was not very good, going 8-for-18 for 59 yards with two interceptions and a fumble. Maybe the fact he’s been terrible for two weeks, one of which was the OT tie to the very bad Bengals, was cause for the benching.

In that tie to Cincy, McNabb threw three picks, and lost a fumble. Since leading Philly to four straight NFC title games from 2001 to 2004, McNabb is just 22-21-1 as a starter. He’s due $9.2 mil next season, so if his performance does not pick up, there is no chance he’ll be back to backup Kevin Kolb next season.

“I think I know Donovan McNabb better than anybody in this room,” Reid said. “I know (seven) turnovers, that’s not him. That’s no part of his game. You back up an inch and you evaluate it and you should be able to step forward a mile after that.”

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