PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia quarterback Bobby Hoying, who strained his lower back in Philadelphia's loss to Arizona last week, did not practice on Wednesday. Although he says he will be ready to play, his status is in doubt for the Eagles' game against Kansas City on Sunday.

``Bobby's a little sore,'' coach Ray Rhodes said. ``It was the trainer's decision to hold him out of practice. I'm expecting him to be able to practice Thursday. If he's healthy, he's going to play.''

If Hoying can't play, Rodney Peete will replace him.

Philadelphia has scored only 15 points in losing its first three games and now must face one of the most tenacious pass rushes in the league.

The Chiefs (2-1) are first in the NFL against the pass, allowing 101.3 yards per game.

Although Rhodes won't make a decision on Hoying until he sees him practice, Hoying doesn't expect to miss his first game since getting the starting job late last season.

``I really wanted to go today,'' Hoying said. ``They just felt that one extra day of rest would do me more good than going out there and risking anything.''