Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 9/23/12

The 2-0 Philadelphia Eagles head to Arizona to take on Kevin Kolb and the 2-0 Cardinals today at 4 PM Eastern. The battle will featured the two starting QB’s for the Eagles in 2010. When the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb on Easter Sunday in 2010, it allegedly was supposed to usher in the Kevin Kolb era. As we know, Kolb suffered a concussion in the first half of the first game of the season and within two weeks, Michael Vick was named the starter. It has been interesting to see the two paths diverge for the two.

Michael Vick regained elite status in 2010 and was an MVP candidate for much of the season. In the offseason, once a CBA was finally in place, the Eagles signed Vick to a 5-year $100 million contract. Just before that, Kolb was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick. Kolb was signed to a big money extension, but failed to have the impact the Cardinals had hoped for. This season, the Cards named QB John Skelton the starter over Kevin Kolb. Skelton went down with an ankle injury, however and Kolb has made the most of his opportunity thus far.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and Offensive Tackle King Dunlap have both been ruled out for Sunday. Maclin is sidelined with a hip pointer that nearly kept him out of action last week, and Dunlap has a hamstring injury.

Because of Dunlap’s injury, the man originally signed to take the place of injured all world lineman Jason Peters, Demetress Bell will start for the Eagles. Bell signed a 5-year, $18.6 million deal this offseason, but only 2012′s $3.25 million is guaranteed. He was supposed to be the stop gap until Peters came back. However, he lost the starting to job to King Dunlap, a guy who many thought was done in Philly after last year. This will be Bell’s first start with the Eagles. He was inactive in week 1, feeding the bust tag that many fans have placed on him, however, he played well last week when Dunlap went down.

DeSean Jackson was fined by the NFL for an altercation in which he threw a punch. Jackson will have to pony up $10,000 for what the league determined to be unnecessary roughness in the first half of the Eagles-Ravens game. Likewise, Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was fined the very specific amount of $7,875 by the NFL for a late hit in the Ravens game.

Finally, if you want to hear what a leader sounds like on the football field, have a listen to this. This is audio on Philly.com of a miked up DeMeco Ryans during last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. DeMeco Ryans was miked up for NFL films. Ryans, after looking shaky in the preseason, has been exactly what the Eagles hoped for when the traded for him in the offseason. The leadership DeMeco Ryan has brought to the Eagles has been the difference on defense this season.

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