Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Examining the injuries

The worst news from the Eagles' preseason victory over New England on Friday night was that veteran free safety Brian Dawkins suffered what is being called a right ankle strain in the second quarter.

Examining the injuries

The worst news from the Eagles' preseason victory over New England on Friday night was that veteran free safety Brian Dawkins suffered what is being called a right ankle strain in the second quarter.

Dawkins limped off the field and eventually was carted to the locker room. He will have an MRI exam Saturday. Expect an update Sunday when the team begins practice for the final preseason game, Thursday against the Jets.

Dawkins was replaced by Sean Considine.

The Eagles also lost center Jamaal Jackson to a concussion after the first two series of the game. He was replaced by Nick Cole.

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Coach Andy Reid said he still couldn't offer a time frame on wide receiver Kevin Curtis' return from sports-hernia surgery. The types of surgeries and the recoveries can vary. "It wasn't the worst one we've seen. It wasn't the simplest one we've seen," Reid said. Earlier estimates said 6 to 8 weeks and that Curtis likely would not be ready until after the Eagles' bye week in mid-October.

Checking in on the offense

While special teams was the big story of the game with touchdown returns from Quentin Demps and DeSean Jackson, the Eagles' first-team offense also did some good things with its makeshift wide receiving crew.

Here is what quarterback Donovan McNabb had to say ...

On how he felt out there:
“I felt great. The thing about it is the fact that we are progressing week in and week out. Last week was kind of mixed emotions because of the conditions and the weather. We had several key mistakes, so we were able to learn from that. I thought this week, coming out here we were able to put some things together consistently. We sustained some drives and came out with points, which was big for us.”

On the performance of the wide receivers:
“I think you have to give guys opportunities to make plays and we did that today. It’s obviously big when you lose somebody like Kevin [Curtis], who had 77 catches last year and then you don’t have your other top receiver in  Reggie Brown. I think the preseason gives guys an opportunity to come out and showcase their talents and do great things for us. We have a ways to go, but it’s a good sign.”

On guard Shawn Andrews and the offensive line:
“I think he was able to get his feet up under him. It’s a little different than practicing every day. Now in a game situation, he was able to get his feet under him and get some more game experience for this year. That’s the part of it that is going to take some time, but it’s just like riding a bike. Once you get your feel, you’ll be right back in there.”

On whether it was a good tuneup for the regular season:
“I think when you look at the guys and the way they’ve continued to improve week in and week out, not just the ones but also the twos and threes. You are looking at guys making plays and you’re excited to see that because they are working hard throughout training camp.”

On his confidence level going into the season:
“I’m fine. My confidence comes from how the team feels and I think the team is really on a high right now. For all of us to really gel together and be able to achieve that common goal, knowing that it takes some steps, good things will happen for us.”

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