The Philadelphia Eagles, who lost quarterback Donovan McNabb for at least a game and doesn’t yet have the services of the suspended Michael Vick, signed Jeff Garcia as an emergency backup.
On Monday the team confirmed to terms with the 10-year veteran, who led the team to six victories and into the playoffs in 2006, while McNabb was injured. On Sunday, McNabb went down with a fractured rib in Philly’s 38-10 beating of the Carolina Panthers. He is not expected to play.
The second-string quarterback is third-year pro Kevin Kolb, who is expected to play in McNabb’s place. But Garcia provides a strong presence should Kolb go down, Reid said.
"We're lucky Jeff was available," Reid said on his weekly radio show. "He's someone who knows this offense and has been very successful in this offense. He can be a positive influence on Kevin Kolb."
Garcia, 39, was signed by Oakland in the offseason but was released by the Raiders on Sept. 5.
The Eagles’ big-name backup, Michael Vick, won’t be eligible until the third game because of his role in a dogfighting ring.