- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

From combined dispatches

Donovan McNabb will start when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was benched for the first time in his career at halftime of Philadelphia’s 36-7 loss at Baltimore on Sunday. Second-year pro Kevin Kolb played poorly against the Ravens, and Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday he’s going back to McNabb.

“Sometimes you have to step back to step forward in a positive way, and Donovan will do that,” Reid said. “This has nothing to do with Kolb’s performance or Donovan’s performance.”

The Eagles (5-5-1) are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third time in four years since losing the 2005 Super Bowl. No matter how they finish, this could be McNabb’s last season in Philadelphia.

McNabb, who turns 32 on Tuesday, is signed through 2013, but there’s no chance the Eagles will pay him $9.2 million next year to be a backup. He’s 22-21-1 as a starter since leading Philadelphia to four straight NFC Championship games from 2001 to 2004.

“As I sit here right now, he’s my starting quarterback,” Reid said.

BENGALS: Quarterback Carson Palmer will throw in two weeks and then decide whether his passing elbow needs reconstructive surgery. Palmer acknowledged that the ligament and tendon in his right elbow are partially torn from the bone. He has missed the last six games, doing rehabilitation in hopes the elbow will heal without surgery.

LIONS: Detroit signed Drew Henson off the practice squad, and the former Michigan star is expected to serve as the No. 2 quarterback Thanksgiving Day. Coach Rod Marinelli says backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky is out with a broken hand.

BROWNS: Quarterback Brady Quinn will have his injured right index finger examined by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in order to get a second opinion.

DOLPHINS: Wide receiver Greg Camarillo will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, coach Tony Sparano said.

STEELERS: Mitch Berger is replacing Paul Ernster as the punter for the second time since training camp. Pittsburgh released the ineffective Ernster and brought back Berger, who was cut Nov. 5 after averaging 41.9 yards in eight games.

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