Thursday, September 29, 2011

UPDATED: Maclin limited at practice; Castillo says 'Guys who play the best are going to play'

Matthews, Coleman didn't play best.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday despite the hamstring strain he suffered this past Sunday.

Quarterback Michael Vick worked for the second straight day, looking as if he never hurt his non-throwing hand. Vick ordered a Kevlar protective glove to go with his Kevlar thigh pads. Kevlar is a strong, durable and lightweight protective material typically used in bulletproof vests.

Defensive end Darryl Tapp, who missed the past two games with a strained pectoral muscle, practices fully for the first time since sustaining the injury in the season opener.

Earlier in the day Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo said starting rookie Brian Rolle at weak side linebacker over rookie Casey Matthews is an effort to get both players involved in packages that play to their strengths.

In a much more lucid moment Castillo commented on the lineup changes at linebacker and safety, where Nate Allen replaces Kurt Coleman explained.

"The guys that play the best," Castillo said, "those are the guys that are going to play."

That said, it doesn't sound as if Castillo is as upset with the play of Matthews as Eagles fans. Matthews still will get on the field but likely in a more limited role, including special teams.

It doesn't sound like rookie safety Jai Jarrett, the second-round pick out of Temple, will get on the field this Sunday against the Niners unless someone gets hurt in practice.

Castillo said when the time is right, Jarrett will play.


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