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Texans sign Garcia as QB insurance

After a bit of an exile, a former Eagles quarterack has finally hooked on with an NFL team. No, not Donovan McNabb.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
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After a bit of an exile, a former Eagles quarterack has finally hooked on with an NFL team.

No, not Donovan McNabb.

On Wednesday, the Houston Texans signed Jeff Garcia, 41, whose last address was care of the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, to be their No. 3 behind rookie T.J. Yates - default starter with Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart out - and 36-year-old Jake Delhomme.

Houston signed Delhomme last week to back up Yates, who completed 12 of 25 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in a 17-10 win over Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers signed QB Graham Harrell from their practice squad to the active roster, in part to fend off potential poaching by the Buffalo Bills, but also as a contingency plan with No. 2 quarterback Matt Flynn expected to attract free-agent offers in the offseason.

As for McNabb, he's still waiting. (There's always the Nighthawks - just saying.)

Mannings vs. Lucks

One day after Archie Manning told Fox Sports Radio he didn't think either son Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck would want to play together on the same team, the former NFL quarterback was scrambling.

"The only point I'm making is that I think if Peyton gets healthy, he'll be good enough to play this next year, and Andrew Luck's good enough to play next year. So, something's got to give," the Manning patriarch said on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning.

The connection between the Mannings and the Lucks dates back almost three decades to when Archie Manning and the Stanford QB's father, Oliver Luck, were Oiler teammates in Houston.

Let's play Family Feud!

Just doing their part

Great trash talk by Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward about playing Cleveland. "Our fans tend to work better on Monday any time we get a chance to beat up on [the Browns]," he said. The Steelers play the Browns at Heinz Field on Thursday night.

We'd say that the Browns probably have Ward's words up on the bulletin board, but given that guys in the orange helmets are 1-14 in their last 15 meetings,   it looks like a three-day weekend, Iron City.