Eagles special teams coordinator Ted Daisher was cautious Thursday about projecting Quintin Demps (ankle) back into the kick return role, but Demps was not.
"Oh, yeah, I'll be back there," Demps said as the Eagles prepared for Sunday's showdown for the NFC East title in Dallas. "A little (antiinflammatory) shot, man, I'll be full speed, ready to go."
Daisher said he needed to "see how Quintin Demps' ankle is" before making a judgment on whether Demps or Macho Harris will return at Dallas.
Harris fumbled returns twice, losing one that led to a Broncos touchdown, in last Sunday's 30-27 Eagles victory.
"We've got to get some things corrected with him, but he'd be the next guy," Daisher said of Harris. Daisher also has rookie wideout Jeremy Maclin as a return possibility.
Harris also was in the spotlight for his hit on Denver tight end Tony Scheffler, which turned an Eagles interception and runback to midfield into a possession at the Birds' 1 that led to a Broncos touchdown. Even though Harris was fined $7,500 by the NFL, it's pretty clear Harris's coaches feel he did nothing wrong. The league's premise is that Scheffler was a "defenseless receiver" even though replays clearly show him setting his feet and bracing himself for the hit -- which came after Asante Samuel's interception, turning Scheffler from a receiver into a potential tackler.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said his messaqge to Harris after reviewing the penalty was "be aggressive and stay aggressive." He said Harris and Sean Jones would continue to split the free safety position situationally -- presumably, with Harris getting most of the reps, as he did last week.
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he expects to have Michael Vick (quad) available this week. It wasn't clear whether Mornhinweg projects a role for Vick in the offense, or just expects to have him as a third quarterback, as he was last week.
Mornhinweg said the injury to center Jamaal Jackson that has shifted Nick Cole from guard to center and given Max Jean-Gilles another chance at right guard is "a great opportunity" for Jean-Gilles against "you could argue, the best front in football."
Mornhinweg said guard Stacy Andrews is "just not quite ready" for a starting role, but is "getting closer."
Clearly, the biggest challenge for the scrambled o-line is going to be protecting Donovan McNabb.
"They pressure every which way," Mornhinweg said of the Cowboys. "They've got a very good scheme."
Finally, Happiest of New Years from your Eagletarian, and don't forget to look for the "blue moon" tonight ... If you celebrate enough, it might actually look like this: