LeSean McCoy returned to the practice field today with his fractured rib and head coach Andy Reid said he will be ready to handle his normal duties on Sunday. “I think he’s OK to go,” Reid said. “He feels good and you know, we’ll see by game time, but I think he’s going to be OK to go and do the normal load that he’s been doing.”
McCoy will wear a flak jacket to protect his rib and says he’s tested out the equipment and feels comfortable in it. “Actually, it helps me out a lot. It kind of fits me tight,” McCoy said. “I have the right gear. I’m ready to go.”
Meanwhile, Reid juggled his starting lineup in some cases due to performance. Max Jean-Gilles is the new starting right guard, even though Nick Cole is available to return to the lineup. “Max is the full-timer. Max is starting right guard,” Reid said.
Jean-Gilles declined to speak with the media, other than to say “Feels good!” when asked how it felt to start.
On the defensive line, Juqua Parker has moved past Brandon Graham on the depth chart at left defensive end according to head coach Andy Reid. “Well, yeah, he is right now, but we’re rolling, they’re going to both play the same amount. But [Parker is] in with certain groups and the other kid’s in with certain groups,” Reid said. “[Juqua Parker is] back in with the base.”
Parker has 4 sacks through 4 games ,while Graham is nursing a high ankle sprain he sustained in Jacksonville.
As the injury world turns, concussions continue to give the Eagles problems. Riley Cooper passed his initial test just two days after the game, but has had symptoms since and will not play. The Eagles haven’t decided whether they will dress four wide receivers or not. “We’re going to travel Chad [Hall] out there,” Reid said. “We haven’t made any moves but we’re going to travel Chad with us.”
If the Eagles decide to activate the rookie receiver from the practice squad, they’d have to cut someone else on the 53-man roster to make move. Other options include playing a tight end as a wide receiver in the four wide formations. Since Reid has three tight ends on his 53-man roster, nobody would have to be cut for that option.
Asante Samuel, also recovering from a concussion, has not yet passed his initial test even though he told Reid he feels fine. Samuel will not travel, which leaves Joselio Hanson and Dimitri Patterson splitting up cornerback duties. Hanson will start on the outside in the base defense, then move to the nickel spot while Patterson slides outside in nickel formations. Trevard Lindley will be the dime corner and work in from time to time, according to Hanson.
Michael Vick was also officially ruled out for Sunday’s game, and Mike Kafka will be the Eagles only backup quarterback behind Kevin Kolb.