DeSean Jackson declined a request to talk to reporters today, other than to say his participation Sunday will be a "gametime decision," but teammates said the wideout practiced as the Eagles returned to NovaCare after their bye week.
Quarterback Michael Vick said he is hoping to have Jackson available against the Colts. Tight end Brent Celek said Jackson was "his normal self" as he returned to the field after suffering a concussion Oct. 17 against the Falcons.
As expected, Vick was the No. 1 QB and left tackle Jason Peters returned as the starting left tackle, coming back from minor knee surgery. Peters said he expects to start Sunday. King Dunlap, who has done a respectable job filling in for Peters, did not practice today, with a knee hyperextension and bone bruise. Dunlap said he hopes to practice when workouts resume Wednesday.
Corner Ellis Hobbs did not practice. The Eagles said he went for medical tests, which a spokesman said were unrelated to Hobbs' performance in the 37-19 meltdown loss at Tennessee that ushered the Birds into the bye. There has been much speculation that Hobbs moved like a man who was injured as he struggled to cover Titans wideout Kenny Britt down the stretch.
Dimitri Patterson practiced in Hobbs' spot today and apparently will start against the Colts.
Brodrick Bunkley said he was able to do some things, but Bunkley was noncommital about returning from his elobw injury ths week.
No members of the coaching staff were available to talk to reporters, but Patterson said he has been told he is the starting corner opposite Asante Samuel.
Patterson, 27, is a former Redskin and Chief who came to the Eagles to play special teams before the 2009 season. The Eagles gave him his first chance to really play in the defense, but he still has never started an NFL game, in 41 career appearances.
"I'm a competitor, at the end of the day," Patterson said. "You're not working out in the offseason to be second, you're working to be first, so eventually you'll be prepared when the opportunity comes."
Patterson said he got the news today, before going on the field. Could he have done a better job eight days ago against Britt, whose 225 receiving yards on 7 catches were a record for an Eagles opponent?
"I feel confident I can cover anybody," he said.
Patterson, valued as a gunner on kick coverage, said that for now he apparently will continue in that role.
"I just take it day by day. You never know in this league," Patterson said.
Vick said he is fully recovered from the rib cartilage injury that kept him out of the last three games.
"No soreness at all," Vick said.
Vick said he was "very shocked" that former teammate Donovan McNabb, who helped arrange Vick's return to the NFL, "was pulled from the game in crunch time" Sunday, as the Redskins lost to the Lions. "We never know what the situation may be," he said. "Hopefully, they'll get it worked out."