PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Now the Philadelphia Eagles have a quarterback controversy.

A disastrous season filled with injuries and the Terrell Owens saga got even worse for the reigning NFC champions following an embarrassing 42-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

Not only did they lose running back Brian Westbrook for the season with a foot injury, but Mike McMahon and Koy Detmer also played horribly.

McMahon, who started his third game for the injured Donovan McNabb, was benched after throwing two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Detmer wasn’t much better, throwing two picks and losing a fumble.

Coach Andy Reid hasn’t decided which of the two mediocre quarterbacks will start Sunday when the Eagles (5-7) host the NFC East-leading New York Giants (8-4).

“I want the best guy out there to do the job,” Reid said Tuesday. “That’s where you look No. 1. Who I think can be most effective against the team that you’re playing, I guess you take that into some consideration.”

The Eagles would’ve been better off using Randall Cunningham, who was in town for the retirement of Reggie White’s No. 92 during a halftime ceremony.

McMahon was awful against Seattle. He completed 4 of 10 passes for 61 yards and the two poorly thrown picks. On the first interception, McMahon stared down receiver Greg Lewis and tried to force a pass between two defenders. Andre Dyson stepped in front, picked it off and ran untouched 72 yards for a score.

“I could not tell what happened,” McMahon said.

Rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu appeared to be the intended receiver when he intercepted McMahon’s pass for L.J. Smith and ran it back 38 yards for a TD in the second quarter.

Detmer was 13-of-29 for 84 yards against the Seahawks. His first pass was tipped by Tatupu, intercepted by Michael Boulware and returned to the Eagles 2.

Detmer had been McNabb’s backup since 2000, but Reid chose McMahon to start when the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback decided to have season-ending surgery for a sports hernia.

“On the offensive side of the ball, I don’t think anybody could be real proud of what they accomplished,” Detmer said. “It was a tough game and a tough night. We have to put our stuff back on, go to work, try to get better and try to go again next week.”

Neither McMahon nor Detmer should be expected to turn around a struggling team that is playing without four players that went to the Pro Bowl last season.

McNabb, cornerback Lito Sheppard and left tackle Tra Thomas went down with season-ending injuries last month. Owens was suspended four games for conduct detrimental to the team and told not to return.

Starting wide receiver Todd Pinkston and running back Correll Buckhalter also went down for the season with injuries in training camp.

Westbrook was hurt in the first half, and an MRI exam Tuesday confirmed he will be out for the season.

“We need to get better at all phases,” Reid said. “It wasn’t just the quarterbacks. It was the other people involved also.”

AP-ES-12-06-05 1851EST


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