No surprises with the Eagles inactives Sunday. Mike Vick and his bruised quadriceps were relegated to third quarterback.
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis and kickoff returner Quintin Demps (sprained ankle) were scratched along with the usual players: offensive linemen Mike McGlynn and Stacy Andrews; defensive tackle Trevor Laws; tight end Martin Rucker; and cornerback Geoffrey Pope.
Eagles running back Brian Westbrook has been cleared to play against the Broncos this Sunday, not coincidentally with red zone running threat Mike Vick is nursing a strained quadriceps.
While Andy Reid said Westbrook - barring a setback - would be back on the field this weekend, he would not commit to starting the veteran of eight seasons. Reid only would allow that Westbrook would have a package of plays, and that it would be much less than that of rookie starter LeSean McCoy.
"I don’t think it’s fair to him just to throw him in and take every snap," Reid said. "He’ll have his role and we’ll go from there."
The Eagles voted Mike Vick their Ed Block Courage Award recipient for 2009.
The award is named after Ed Block, the late Baltimore trainer, and the winners are supposed to exemplify commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
Vick is the first Eagle to get the award after being suspended. He wasn't eligible to play until the third game as a condition of his reinstatement following an 18-month stint in federal prison for operating a notorious dogfighting ring.
According to the NFL, Eagles DE Trent Cole and Giants C Shaun O'Hara were each fined $15,000 apiece for fighting Sunday night.
Also Giants DB Aaron Rouse was fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness on Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. Rouse "head butted his opponent after the play was over" according to the NFL.
Jackson was not fined for the run-in with Rouse or for the bump celebration with head coach Andy Reid. But Jackson was fined $5,000 for a uniform violation.
Andy Reid opened his press conference Wednesday morning explaining that no Eagle had been ruled out for Sunday's game with the 49ers.
Not running back Brian Westbrook, coming back from multiple concussions, and not rookie WR Jeremy Maclin, who tore a tendon in his foot.
But Maclin and tight end Brent Celek, who wrenched his back coming to attention at a team meeting, weren't slated to practice Wednesday afternoon.
For now Westbrook will practice with the scout team, the head coach finessing around the logjam his presence would compete in an already crowded backfield with LeSean McCoy, Leonard Weaver and Eldra Buckley. The Eagles have won four straight games with those players.
"He literally couldn't do anything for a couple of weeks so you just can't throw him back in," Reid said of Westbrok. "He's still taking the concussion tests. He's better but not all the way completely cleared there."
Reid said Celek would play despite the sore back.
Andy Reid got some pretty outraged reporters to believe the Eagles would go back to work on their tackling in the wake of their mostly pitiful lack of tackling in the win over the Giants.
Told the press he might even take out the tackling mats - padded mats to cushion falls - to get it right.
What the knuckleheads didn't hear was the biggest offenders were the veterans who play regulalrly. Reid didn't name names but Quintin Mikell, Asante Samuel and Will Witherspoon should would like to have the Giants game back.
Think Reid would expose any of those guys to tackling drills on mats? Thank you.
Truth be told, Reid still is second-guessing his decision to have Shawn Andrews run gassers at training camp. Andrews' back was fine through the minicamps and the offseason work, you know. Sure enough it was the gassers - series of sprints where you run to one side of the field, bend over and touch the ground and run back - that put Andrews back on the operating table again.
Eagles safety Quintin Demps said he was fined a total of $12,500 for hits in the second and third quarters in the win over Atlanta this past Sunday. Demps was billed $7,500 for roughing the quarterback, as he hit Chris Redman in the face. And Demps got fined $5,000 for unnecessary roughness. Both were the type of aggressive penalties the coaches prefer over the dumb mistakes.
The Eagles put out a statement late Sunday afternoon after reports surfaced that Andy Reid’s contract could be extended this week.
“We’re aware of the reports regarding Andy Reid’s contract,” the statement read. “The organization has acknowledged earlier that it expects to extend his contract at some point in the near future. Beyond that the organization has no further comment.”
The Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-7 at the Georgia Dome.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Reid is the next in line as far as contract extensions in the Eagles organization.
Reid has this year and another left on his contract.
More on this as it develops.
Andy Reid is the next in line for a contract extension with the Eagles according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Though the Eagles didn't immediately confirm the report, Eagles president Joe Banner suggested earlier this season he didn't see a scenario in which Reid's pact wasn't extended. Reid has this year and next left on a deal worth about $5 million annually.
Eagles: Wide receivers Kevin Curtis (knee) and DeSean Jackson (concussion), running backs Brian Westbrook (concussion) and P.J. Hill, linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) and offensive linemen Stacy Andrews and Mike McGlynn.Falcons: Quarterback Matt Ryan (turf toe), running back Michael Turner (ankle), wide receiver Michael Jenkins (ankle), guard Harvey Dahl (ankle), offensive tackle Sam Baker (ankle), safety Charlie Peprah and linebacker Spencer Adkins.
Fines reduced; Westbrook exercising; DeSean Jackson says he feels 'Good;'Georgia Dome noise a concern
Good news for tight end Alex Smith and center Jamaal Jackson, who happened onto DeSean Jackson's celebratory spike in the season opener at Carolina.
Their $10,000 fines were reduced to $7,000 and $5,000, respectively. Wide receiver Kevin Curtis had his $10k fine taken totally off the books.
Running back Brian Westbrook (concussion) worked out Thursday before getting a bite to eat.
And DeSean Jackson spoke to the media only long enough this morning to say he felt "good."
Also the Eagles are leery of crowd noise at the Georgia Dome.
McNabb likes Iverson signing - just not enough to buy season tickets
Donovan McNabb doesn't have Sixers season tickets.
And that probably won't change even though he thinks the signing of veteran guard Allen Iverson is a good thing.
"It's only going to improve their frontcourt and backcourt," McNabb said. "It's going to help them in many ways."