Allen Hurts Other Hammy; Sims Ready?

The Eagles hope David Sims can stabilize the safety position. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Just what the Eagles needed three days before a visit with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints -- safety Nate Allen sat out Friday's practice with a hamstring injury Allen said he suffered in Thursday's practice.

Safety David Sims, who has played exclusively on special teams this season, said he took first team reps and is in line to start if Allen can't go.

Allen, who injured his right hamstring, to disastrous effect, in the Eagles' overtime loss to the Lions oct. 14, this time tweaked his left, he said. He said the New Orleans game "is not out of the picture yet."

Sms, 26, arrived in a trade with the Browns before the season began. He spent time on the Cleveland practice squad last year.

Sims said the practice reps help. "They prepare you differently" when you might start, he said. "Drew Brees is a great player, but to me, it's just all football. I'm just ready to get out there and play."