NFL news of November 27, 2002

A.J. Feeley began training camp battling for the backup quarterback job and ended up fighting for a roster spot. He was released two months ago, re-signed a few days later, and spent a week on the practice squad.

Unless Koy Detmer recovers quickly from a dislocated left elbow, Feeley will make his first NFL start for the Philadelphia Eagles against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game.

“I think A.J. is comfortable with all the things we’ve done. You want to let the guy execute the plays he’s familiar with,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

Detmer, starting for the injured Donovan McNabb, played magnificently in Monday night’s 38-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. In his first start in three years, Detmer completed 18 of 26 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for a 1-yard score.

After Detmer went down with 3:32 left in the third quarter, Feeley completed all three of his passes for 17 yards, with a 1-yard TD pass to Chad Lewis. Detmer is doubtful for Sunday, but Reid hasn’t officially ruled him out.

— Rob Maaddi, The Record “Eagles go to bench again; Feeley likely to start after Detmer hurts elbow”

Feeley started the final five games of the season, finishing 4-1.

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