As expected, the Eagles on Tuesday signed quarterback G.J. Kinne to the practice squad as insurance in case neither Michael Vick nor Nick Foles can play Sunday against the Giants.
At the moment, Matt Barkley is the only healthy quarterback on the 53-man roster. If Vick and Foles are both out, Kinne would be promoted from the practice squad. Head coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has no idea whether Foles, Vick or Barkley will start (see story).
Kinne, a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder who can run, spent the offseason with the Eagles, signing on March 5 and then getting released on Aug. 30. He’s been out of football since.
Foles is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in the loss to the Cowboys Sunday, and Vick is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury suffered two weeks earlier against the Giants.
Barkley threw three interceptions in one quarter in his NFL debut Sunday after Foles got hurt on the final play of the third quarter in the Cowboys’ 17-3 win.
Kinne has never thrown a pass in a regular-season NFL game. He was 2 for 2 for 60 yards in his only preseason appearance, against the Patriots on Aug. 9 at the Linc.
The Eagles’ other realistic option for the Eagles as an emergency quarterback was Dennis Dixon, who also spent the offseason with the Eagles and completed 10 of 16 passes for 61 yards in the preseason.
But because Dixon is on the Bills’ practice squad, the Eagles would have had to sign him to the 53-man roster and keep him there for at least three weeks if they pried him away from Buffalo.
Kinne played college football at Tulsa, where he threw for 9,472 yards and 81 touchdowns and ran for 1,365 yards and 15 more TDs. He signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in April 2012 and was with the team for spring workouts but was released on June 28.
Kinne went on to spend time with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL and San Antonio Talons of the Arena League before signing with the Eagles in March.
It’s not known whether the Eagles would keep Kinne on the practice squad or sign him to the 53-man roster in the event that just one of the two injured quarterbacks were available to play Sunday.
If they went with just Foles or Vick plus Barkley, the emergency quarterback would be tight end James Casey –- if he’s active.