The Philadelphia Eagles are about as healthy as can be heading into Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants. Everybody practiced today, including defensive end Juqua Parker, who was limited with a hip flexor strain. Parker is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, as is tackle King Dunlap. Reid said Parker should be at full strength on Sunday and he anticipates having Parker start.
“He’ll be there by the time the game starts,” Reid said. “He went through some things today, and we weren’t live obviously today, but he’s moving around pretty good and feels pretty good.”
Nate Allen, Brodrick Bunkley, Jorrick Calvin, Nick Cole, LeSean McCoy, Ernie Sims and Ellis Hobbs were all listed as probable with minor injuries. Hobbs will return kicks for the Eagles, assuming he is able to play. The cornerback was burned by Kenny Britt to the tune of 225 yards and three touchdowns while playing through a hip injury, and lost his job to Dimitri Patterson.
Hobbs has averaged 23.7 yards per kick return this season, down slightly from his career average of 27.2 coming into the season. Hobbs has just three career fumbles in 139 returns though, and rookie Jorrick Calvin has been shaky from a ball security standpoint.
At right guard, Nick Cole is the projected starter according to Reid, but he wouldn’t commit one way or the other and even said he might rotate them.
“[There’s a] pretty good chance it’s Nick, but there’s a chance Max could be in there too,” Reid said. “I don’t know if I’m necessarily going to rotate them. I might, but I might not.”
On the Giants side, right tackle Shawn Andrews did not practice and is listed as questionable with a back injury. New York is already without tackle David Diehl, and center Shaun O’Hara, increasing the importance of Shawn Andrews’ presence in the lineup. Head coach Tom Coughlin was non-committal on the former Eagle’s status and called it a game time decision, indicating he might not be comfortable with the first-year Giant starting after missing a week of practice.
“I don’t know that I will be [comfortable],” Coughlin said. “The medical people are going to have to make a very serious call on that one, too. If the decision is that he can play, we’ll have to decide then if we do want to have him available or do we want to put him right on the field.”
If Andrews can’t start, Will Beatty would fill his spot. Beatty is a second year player out of Connecticut and started four games last year.
Other Giants on the injury report include wide receiver Steve Smith and fullback Madison Hedgecock, who are both out. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, cornerback Corey Webster, tight end Kevin Boss, wide receiver Darius Reynaud and linebacker Gerris Wilkinson are all probable with minor injuries.
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