The Eagles held their first regular-season practice Monday in the NovaCare bubble, under drizzly Labor Day skies. Afterward, both defensive end Jason Babin and special teams ace Colt Anderson said they are 100 percent healthy and ready to play Sunday at Cleveland.
Babin's status wasn't a shock; the Eagles have been taking it wasy with the calf strain Babin suffered early in training camp. But for Anderson, nine months removed from ACL surgery, Monday was the first practice with the team. He has been working out on his own all through the preseason. The first inkling Anderson might play came when the team chose to activate him rather than stashing him on the PUP list when time came to cut the roster down to 53 on Friday.
"I told you guys it was day-to-day, and it was, up until the very last minute. We just didn't know what we were going to do," Anderson said. "Talking with the trainer and head coach, we thought this was the best way to go."
Anderson, nominally a safety, said he doesn't feel he needs to see how his knee responds to the practice to be sure he's ready to play. "It's not going to swell," he said. He said the decision on whether he's actually going to play this week will be up to the coaches.