Eagles guard Todd Herremans played Friday night for the first time in the preseason, having been kept out for what the team said were precautionary reasons, after he experienced soreness in his repaired left foot. Herremans took the field for Sunday's first practice since the preseason game at Kansas City, but he left early.
Coach Andy Reid said Herremans has a slight ankle sprain, on the ankle not attached to his surigcally repaired foot. He stepped on someone's foot, Reid said. Probably not a huge setback, like something involving the repaired foot could be, but another delay in getting Herremans ready for the season.
Speaking of getting ready for the season, center Jamaal Jackson, rehabbing from an ACL tear, saw extensive practice action, as did center Nick Cole, sidelined several weeks by knee swelling. Cole took some snaps at right guard. Reid said right guard was his spot before he moved to center when Jackson went down so Cole is returning to his spot.
"That gives us great flexibility," Reid said of the shuffling linemen. "It’s a good situation. They are all familiar with each other and how they play. The next thing is getting Kevin on the same page with Jamaal. Every center is a little bit different but that won’t take more than a second."
Reid said there was no decision yet on Jackson, although that the plan is to not play him Thursday, when no starters are scheduled to see action, but push him heading toward the opener.
"He had a couple of snaps that were a little bit off," he said. "We’re going to work him in there with the reps with the ones. We’ll see how he feels. We want to push him a little bit there and see how he responds."
As expected, Trent Cole (ankle) and DeSean Jackson (neck) did not practice. Juqua Parker (ankle) returned and took part in some individual drills.
Reid said DeSean Jackson was "tender in the upper back, neck area." Jackson is scheduled to have his wisdom teeth removed tomorrow.
Asked if he was concerned about injury and the return game, given Jackson's size, Reid said. "He does a good job of playing angles on guys. He got caught in a tight spot. He just has to be careful of putting his head in there. This hasn’t happened to him and I presume he won’t happen it again."
Reid reiterated that DeSean will be the Birds' punt returner this season.
Linebacker Ernie Sims had an abbreviated practice but seemed OK jogging back to locker room. He never had his helmet, apparently was never doing group period. Reid said Sims has a strain in the muscles in his forearm. X-rays were negative. "He should be fine," Reid said.
Defensive back Dmitri Patterson missed practice with a groin injury.
Rookie Ricky Sapp injured a knee in special teams practice and will have an MRI. That could be quite fortuitous, given that the Birds spent a fifth-round pick on Sapp and he seems nowhere near ready to play; an IR year could be in the offing.
Macho Harris was working at free safety with the backups as he fights for a roster spot. Reid said he moved Harris back from corner because he felt comfortable with the way rookie Trevard Lindley handled his position Friday night. Lindley got some work with the first team.
Tight end Cornelius Ingram was feeling spry as he headed out for Sunday's practice, having been relieved of 270 ccs of fluid built up in his left calf, Ingram said, the result of a Baker's cyst that was drained Friday. Ingram said he is eager to practice and plans to play in the Eagles' preseason finale Thursday against the visiting Jets.
Ingram might need to play and do well to avoid being cut or placed on injured reserve. He has had a disappointing preseason, attempting to come back from his second left ACL repair in as many years. Apparently, a Baker's cyst often arises from arthritis/cartilage damage in a joint, which might not be a great thing long term for Ingram, who is 25.
"It was one of those things that was just nagging, nagging, nagging," Ingram said. "In the middle of the process, it was almost like I could feel everything deflating, feeling better already. I definitely feel 10 times greater than I did the other day."
Ingram said the cyst can come back, but he said if it does, he will deal with it.
Not nearly as talkative was wideout Jeremy Maclin, targeted 11 times for passes Friday night, catching just three. Asked if he had a moment to speak with a reporter, Maclin said "Not today, man." Later, after he stood at his locker and was interviewed by someone from the Eagles Web site about whether he preferred day games to night games, Maclin was approached again.
"What did I just say?" he asked. Maclin then made it clear he was only available for questions unrelated to his performance. We were out of luck..