Left guard Todd Herremans said he was "stoked" to get back on the field today for the first time since the preseason. Eagles coach Andy Reid cautioned that Herremans was only scheduled to work 15 or 20 minutes in individual drills, as he returns from stress fracture surgery on his left foot. Doesn't sound like Herremans will be playing this week at Oakland; he talked a little about that possibility last week, but previously had targeted the Oct. 26 game at Washington, which seems more realistic.
Herremans was not available to speak to reporters after practice. He and corner Dimitri Patterson (quad) were the only Eagles who didn't officially practice; corner Sheldon Brown (absdomen) was listed as a limited participant.
WR Kevin Curtis fully participated but said his sore knee didn't feel much better. "It's still not where I want it to be," he said.
Reid seems to be making an effort to be more quotable these days. Sunday we had the declaration that the Wildcat results against the Bucs weren't "blowing up my blouse."
Wednesday, asked about the league's crackdown on excessive celebrations, Reid said: 'I'm probably the wrong guy to ask that. I'm not really big into all of the celebrations. I've always said 'act like you've been there,' but at the same time, it is a little exciting. By the way, I have some guys that think they're gymnasts and do some pretty creative things. But I'm not here to give them a '10.' I'm not here to grade them on that."
Reid said practicing at a high tempo without mistakes will be an emphasis this week, given the Birds' continuing issues with taking too many penalties.
Reid indicated he will continue to rotate Brian Westbrook with rookie running back LeSean McCoy.
"I feel confident doing that. (McCoy) has been playing well," Reid said.
Westbrook was asked if he had been assured of more than last week's eight touches this week.
"Not really," he said. "You call plays for a lot of your playmakers," and at this point, he acknowledged, younger players such as McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and Jeremy Maclin are making plays. "At some point, we're going to have to run the ball, at some point, they're going to have to put the ball in my hands," Westbrook said.
His ankle is OK, he said, but he is still "fine-tuning my game" after sitting out the preseason and the Kansas City game.
"Of course, as a playmaker and as a running back, I want the ball just as much as everybody else," Westbrook said. "Everybody on this team wants the ball ... Over the years here, we've fought and fought and tried to get more playmakers on this team, and now we have 'em. One of the drawbacks of having more playmakers is, you have to spread the ball out a little bit more."
Westbrook said this is the most talented Eagles offense he has seen.