With Tony Romo on injured reserve and Jon Kitna's left abdominal muscles still hurting, Stephen McGee is preparing as if he will get his first start Sunday. McGee took all of the first-team reps in practice Wednesday.
"It’s not too different than a normal week when Kitna was healthy," McGee said. "Just going off whatever he can do and be ready to play if he goes down. Obviously with him going in the week already a little bit nicked up, I'm even that much more ready and expecting to play. But he may be healthy come game time, and if so, great. I’ll be ready to go in if something were to happen to him again."
McGee, a fourth-round pick in 2009 out of Texas A&M, got his first game action Saturday night against the Cardinals. He passed for 111 yards, completing 11 of 17 passes and a touchdown in a little more than a half.
The Cardinals rank 28th in total defense, including 21st against the pass. The Eagles are 12th in total defense, including 22nd against the pass. But with no chance to improve their playoff position, the Eagles could rest some of their starters, including cornerback Asante Samuel.
"It's a very hostile environment to begin with in Philly," McGee said. "Going to their place, the explosive offense puts pressure on our offense to keep the ball and not have a lot of three-and-outs. Just handling the different looks they bring and the pressures. They do a lot of different things defensively and have always done a really good job of being sound in that. All in all, they are a really good football team, and that’s why their record is what it is, and they’re in the position they are now."
-- Charean Williams