Saturday, December 27, 2014

DeSean Feels 'So-So'

Andy Reid said DeSean Jackson’s status was day-to-day, but he did not think the injury would prevent him from playing in the game. Reid said the injured foot was sore and swollen.

DeSean Feels 'So-So'

Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed the practice today. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson missed the practice today. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Andy Reid said DeSean Jackson’s status was day-to-day, but he did not think the injury would prevent him from playing in the game. Reid said the injured foot was sore and swollen. 

Jackson did not practice. Afterward, Jackson was limping. He said he felt "so-so." Asked if he will be able to play Sunday, Jackson said: "That's the plan."

Jackson, who caught four passes for 210 yards against Dallas Sunday, will be named NFC offensive player of the week for the second time this season, the Eagles said.

Reid also said he was not concerned about issues relating to Jackson’s contract, following Jackson’s comments last night on Versus with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.

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Jackson is “into the football part,” Reid said. “He’s enjoying playing the game right now.”

Stewart Bradley, of course, won’t practice today and is out for Sunday with the dislocated elbow. The Eagles remain hopeful he will return potentially for the postseason.

Jamar Chaney will start at middle linebacker, as expected. Omar Gaither will be his backup. Reid said since Chaney played the MIKE in college, he knows what is involved with calling plays. Reid said Gaither’s help has been good for Chaney.

Chaney agreed. Even though Gaither was inactive Sunday, Chaney said they spoke frequently on the sideline.

"Telling me what (the Cowboys) were doing, what to expect, what to do in certain situations," Chaney said.

Reid and Chaney said one of the biggest things Chaney has had to learn is how to learn to use his hands to get off blocks. Chaney said that at Mississippi State, his speed allowed him to just go around blockers. In the NFL, that isn't always possible, or advisable, since defensive players are taught to stay in their gaps.

"We work on it every day ... that's something they've been harping on since Day 1," Chaney said.

Reid said Keenan Clayton will not practice with a strained hamstring and is unlikely to play Sunday.

Asante Samuel and Winston Justice were back at practice after missing Sunday’s game with knee injuries. Reid said Samuel did fine during the morning walkthrough.

Later, Samuel was listed as a full practice participant, Justice as partial. Justice said he feels much better than he felt last weekend. Justice, the team's right tackle, kept saying he was going to play with a knee injury last week, but ultimately didn't make the trip to Dallas.

"To be honest, it was hard for me to accept that the knee wasn't a hundred percent, and I couldn't go. But I really feel like these coaches and trainers have our best interests at heart. Sometimes they have to protect you from yourself, and that's exactly what they did last week," Justice said.

On the signing of Derrick Burgess, Reid said the Eagles will not ask him to play every down but he knows the system and provides veteran insurance. Reid said it was possible Burgess could see a few snaps Sunday, depending on how he handles practice this week. He has not played since he was released by the Patriots in training camp.

 Safey Quintin Mikell, the only Eagles defender to have played with Burgess during his 20001-2004 tenure with the team, said the scheme hasn't changed much.

"We still get after the quarterback," Mikell said. "That's one of the best things Derrick does. I'm sure we're going to let him do that."

Reid also said Jorrick Calvin will remain the kick returner.

Calvin was involved in a strange play at the end of the game in which he ran around the end zone, although the clock was not moving. Reid said that was by design.

“I just wanted to make sure their players played the whole play. You are going to get very few returned on (kicker David Buehler) . At the same time, our guys are busting their tails down the field and their guys need to be busting their tails. It was getting them getting some work in.”

Reid said he was upset afterward because of the penalty. “That was not part of the plan.”
 

 


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