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EAGLES SIGN QB GARCIA

PHILADELPHIA - With Donovan McNabb (broken rib) not sure if he can play Sunday against the Saints, the Eagles signed quarterback Jeff Garcia.

"We're lucky Jeff was available," coach Andy Reid said of the former Buc, 39, who played for Philadelphia in 2006 and went 6-2 in eight starts while McNabb was injured.

Kevin Kolb will start if McNabb can't play.

Garcia, who was signed by Oakland in the offseason to push JaMarcus Russell and serve as a mentor to him, was released by the Raiders on Sept. 5 after playing little in the preseason.

"Whether it's a week or two weeks or the entire season, I'm excited about the opportunity," Garcia said. "I didn't want it to be over. I feel there's a lot of quality football left in me.

"It's funny; I was on my way to Los Angeles to do pregame stuff for Monday Night Football when my agent told me the Eagles were interested in signing me. I had my driver turn me around."

McNabb weighed in Monday night on his yardbarker.com blog: "Adding Jeff Garcia to the roster is a great idea."

Philadelphia's other quarterback, Michael Vick, is suspended for the first two games.

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