Friday, December 19, 2014

Eagles plan to heal during bye week

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is expected to be able to practice when the Eagles return after the bye week.

Eagles plan to heal during bye week

“Sometimes you need to take a step back to take a step forward,” Andy Reid said.<br /> (Caitlin Morris/Staff file photo)
“Sometimes you need to take a step back to take a step forward,” Andy Reid said. (Caitlin Morris/Staff file photo)

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham is expected to be able to practice when the Eagles return after the bye week.

“He’s worked so hard,” coach Andy Reid said. “You can’t help but be pulling for him. He spent so much time rehabbing and got out there running around and doing the things you need to do. He’s coming off a tough surgery and we’ll see how he does.”

The Eagles have until Week 10 to make a decision about taking Graham off the PUP list. Graham, coming off microfracture knee surgery, has said he expected to be ready to play against Cowboys.

“You have to be realistic about it and then go from there,” Reid said. “We’re looking for him to get back in the swing and groove of playing football."

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In other injury news, offensive line coach Howard Mudd had hip replacement surgery. Reid said Mudd should be back to work when the team returns to practice.

Reid also said Trent Cole and Jason Peters should benefit from the time.

Eagles players will be off until Monday, although the players with injuries will remain in the area to rehab.

“I want them to get away,” Reid said. “You can’t help but think about football. I want them to get away and give them a deep breath and get their bodies and minds away … I think the bye comes at a good time, it’s close enough to the middle of the season where I think it’s a good thing.”

Asked whether he considered not giving the team as much time off, Reid said it did not.

“Sometimes you need to take a step back to take a step forward,” Reid said.

With the trading deadline upcoming, Reid said he would not be surprised if the Eagles made a move or did not make a move, but he conceded that “Everybody is calling everybody.”

In other items:

· Reid was asked about the offensive line shuffling. “We’ve had some injuries. I think the mindset of this team is that ‘OK, the guys that are hurt, the next guy steps in and there is really no look back.’ That is the mindset of the group. That’s a tribute to Howie and a tribute to how he has done with personell and a tribute to coaches and players with how hard they work.”

· Does the win take some pressure of Juan Castillo: “Nobody works harder than Juan. There is not better football guy in our building than Juan Castillo. He knows the game in and out. He was proud of our guys most of all. He is very close with his players and they respect him with his abilities.”

· On the better play against the run, holding the Redskins to 42 rushing yards. “Juan and Wash worked some things out up front. I thought the linebackers played better. Wash and Juan gave us some different looks up front.”

· Reid was asked if he would consider moving Todd Herremans back to left guard if Peters, Herremans and Winston Justice are all healthy. “We’ll just see … I was glad that I have the flexibility to at least look at it.”

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