Wide receiver Kevin Curtis will make his season debut Sunday against the Falcons following surgery for a sports hernia before the season began. (Keep that potentially scary timetable in mind, Flyers fans, as you wonder when Danny Briere will return.)
That means the Eagles could potentially have their full offense on the field, among the skill position players, depending on the status of Reggie Brown, who is listed as questionable as he recovers from a strained groin. Coach Andy Reid sounded less optimistic on Friday than he had earlier in the week, but said Brown had not suffered a setback.
Right guard Shawn Andrews had back surgery earlier this week and will be out at least six weeks, although he could miss the rest of the season.
Curtis said that the offensive unit is "probably the healthiest we've been all year."
Asked whether he was looking forward to seeing everyone out there, Reid said: "Yeah. I’ve been proud of the guys who have stepped in. The way they’ve played, we’ve had some success there. But, it’s always good to get the other guys back; getting them in there and letting them cut loose a little bit too."
Of course, keep in mind that this will be the first game action for Curtis, so while he is starting, the Eagles will be keeping a close eye on how his progresses.
Running back Brian Westbrook, with those broken ribs, has not seen game action in three weeks. It is unclear at this point whether Westbrook will wear any extra padding to help protect his ribs. Said Reid: "He hasn’t done that for a while here, but he feels good and he was able to put a hard week of practice in and take all the reps. We’ll just see how he adjusts during the game.”
The healthier and more complete personnel could go a long way to getting the Eagles some more consistency on offense, but it always comes back to execution.
“Just kind of evaluating the first six games, we have had highs and lows," quarterback Donovan McNabb said. "I think, in this game, you can’t have one week high, next week low. You have to be consistent. I saw a lot of inconsistency, as far as what we were doing as a team. If it was, offensively driving down the field the first two series and then for about three or four more series, not being able to come away with points, you just can’t win ballgames like that. If it’s the defense stopping them in the first couple of series and then all of a sudden they score points on the next couple of series, or special teams giving up big yards. That’s just something we have to be able to erase and kind of move on to something positive."