Eagles reserve corner Geoffrey Pope was in shock Thursday over the accident that befell his friend and former Bengals teammate, Chris Henry. Henry apparently fell out of the back of a moving pickup truck in Charlotte Wednesday, during an argument with his fiancee. Henry died this morning.
"He and I used to go out; she was always with him. I knew her as well," said Pope, signed by the Eagles last month off the Bengals' practice squad. Pope played the first four games of the season for Cincinnati before being waived and demoted. "It's just shocking. He'd done so much to improve his life. She was a big part of that. When I heard the news yesterday, I just really couldn't believe it ... I'm still just kind of shaken up about it. All you can do is just pray for him and his family."
Henry was arrested several times and was suspended during the 2007 season.
"We was a good guy," Pope said. "From somebody whose locker was next to him in Cincinnati for a year and a half, I went against this guy every day in practice, and he was one of the most athletically gifted people I've ever witnessed. And he had a good heart. He just had a couple problems in his past, but he definitely was on a straight road, trying to clear everything up. Anybody who knew him personally could tell you he was a great guy."
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis, sidelined since Week 2 with a knee injury, is expected to return this week against San Francisco, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said during his weekly news conference.
"There's a plan for Kevin Curtis (this week)," he said. "I think he'll be effective within that plan."
With Curtis, the Eagles will presumably dress four wide receivers, Jeremy Maclin likely sidelined with a plantar fascia tear.
Mornhinweg said the offense will have to be "right on top of it" against a 49ers defense that can make an offense look bad.
Quintin Demps will return kickoffs, special teams coordinator Ted Daisher said, replacing a slightly banged up Macho Harris.
Daisher also said he doesn't think DeSean Jackson will ever be taken off punts on the grounds that he's so important to the offense. The Eagles took Brian Westbrook off return duty when his role on offense increased.
"He is our playmaker," Daisher said. "I think to take the ball out of his hands would be a mistake."
Defensively, coordinator Sean McDermott said: "That (Giants) game turned into a track meet. I don't think anybody in the defensive room is very happy with the way we played."
But he also noted they forced three turnovers, one for a TD.
McDermott said guys were trying too hard to make big plays.
"We go back to being who we are, we go back to fundamentals," he said.
As Andy Reid indicated Monday, the defense used tackling mats yesterday, the defensive backs tackling each other beside the stacked mats, falling onto them instead of the ground.