The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Kevin Kolb will start for the Eagles in their regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. The paper says that while Kolb won't confirm that he's starting, he did say he's approaching practice as if he will start. After their loss to the Vikings on Tuesday, the Eagles became locked into the #3 seed in the NFC. A win or loss against Dallas would have no effect on their playoff positioning. With three games in twelve days on the schedule, it always seemed likely that Andy Reid would opt to rest starters this weekend. On Wednesday, Andy Reid said Michael Vick suffered a quad contusion that possibly could have kept him out of Sunday's game either way.
"I'm not even sure he could get back from what he has now, the quad [contusion]," Reid said. "It was painful yesterday and it as painful today. If he had to play today, he couldn't. It's tight, it's sore. He'll be all right down the road.
Vick has been getting battered all season and Reid should jump at the chance to give him a rest, especially considering that he has a guy like Kolb in waiting who has shown he can step in and win games. In fact, I suspect that Vick won't be the only Eagle to take the weekend off. DeSean Jackson was bothered by a foot injury on Tuesday, Asante Samuel is still working back from a knee... This is a beat up team that needs a rest. Sure, we would have loved for that rest to have come in the form of a first round playoff bye, but there's nothing they can do about that now.