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Eagle Eye: Where do we go from here?
G.J. Kinne completed two passes for 60 yards for the Eagles in the preseason. (USA Today Images)
The Eagles are planning to add quarterback G.J. Kinne to their practice squad with the option of activating him to the 53-man roster in case injured Nick Foles and Michael Vick are both unable to play Sunday, according to league sources.
The move has not yet been made official but is expected to be finalized in time for practice Tuesday pending Kinne passing a physical.
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.
The Eagles face the Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Linc, and the only healthy quarterback on the roster is rookie Matt Barkley, who 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.
Head coach Chip Kelly said Monday afternoon he didn’t know whether Foles, Vick or both would be available on Sunday (see story).
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.