Avant passes test for concussion he denies

Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant passed concussion testing Tuesday. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)

Jason Avant passed concussion testing yesterday and will practice today, coach Andy Reid said.

Reid said Monday that Avant suffered a concussion on his thunderous block that helped spring DeSean Jackson for hs 65-yard game-winning punt return Sunday against the Giants. Avant spoke after the game about having been knocked out. But today, he denied to reporters that he had ever been concussed or knocked out. He seemed to be saying that he used the term "knocked out" in a less than literal sense, although if you saw him struggling to stand up after the hit, this might be a bit of a tough sell.

Reid said right tackle Winston Justice worked out Monday and will be back this week, although he also lauded the play of King Dunlap in Justice's place. Justice has been impatient to return and said he thought he could have played against the Giants.

Defensive tackle Mike Patterson has a sore knee and will not practice today. Linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring) will not practice and is a day to day.

Returner Jorrick Calvin has a sore lower back and did not practice.

Reid said Nate Allen and Brandon Graham has successful surgeries yesterday and are resting well.

Running back Jerome Harrison did not practice, but it was not injury related, according to the Eagles.

As expected, linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow) is out for Sunday.

* Jeff Owens was brought up from the practice squad to avoid having another team sign him away from the Eagles, rather than beause of concern about Patterson's injury, Reid said. Owens said Tampa Bay contacted his agent.

* Reid said the team's Saturday walkthrough will be later than usual to allow the players to spend time with their families on Christmas. The team still will stay at a hotel Saturday night as it usually does the night before a home game.

* Reid said during the game, he won't be thinking about his long relationship with Brett Favre, which dates back to when they were both with the Packers. He did say they probably will talk after the game, assuming Favre makes the trip.

* Reid declined to comment on the replay issue that he raised Monday. He said the coaches were not able to see replays in the booth at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

* Reid said he does not expect any hangover from last week's win. He said the Vikings are coming in to "wreck your world."


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