Sometimes some rest and relaxation is just what the doctor ordered. Coming out of their bye week, the Eagles expect several key players to return to the lineup. Michael Vick will get the start at quarterback next week when Indianapolis visits Lincoln Financial Field. “[I’m feeling] no soreness at all,” Vick said. “It’s a credit to the training staff, and [I] worked hard to get back to this point.”
According to various reports, the Eagles expect to have DeSean Jackson and Jason Peters back in the lineup this week as well. Meanwhile, a few of the Birds walking wounded are feeling better, including Brent Celek who dealt with an ongoing wrist injury and LeSean McCoy, who is still on the mend from his rib injury. “I feel good,” McCoy said. “I feel a lot healthier than I did before.”
Celek admitted that his injury was wearing on him mentally. “I think a little bit,” Celek said. “I have to be mentally tough, but sometimes when you get a nick here a nick there, it starts to wear on you. Like I said, I’m back. I feel good.”
Philadelphia will also shake up the starting lineup on defense, with Dimitri Patterson taking over for Ellis Hobbs at right cornerback. Hobbs was responsible for covering Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt in the Eagles last game. Britt racked up 225 yards and 3 touchdowns, setting a record for individual receiving yards against the Eagles.
While the Eagles are getting healthier, their next opponent is battling its own injury woes. Going into tonight’s game against the Texans, the Colts injury list includes almost every offensive skill player not named Peyton Manning: Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Donald Brown and Joseph Addai.
The Eagles will take what they can get as they battle their own injuries and remain in the thick of things in a wide open NFC. “There were a lot of games we could have won that we let get away,” McCoy said. “We stayed in a good situation. Like you said, man, it’s wide open. We have to continue to play our game and get better each week and go out and just finish.”