Jean-Gilles Cleared, Figures He'll Play

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Max Jean-Gilles expects to play Monday night but it is unknown whether he will start. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles passed concussion testing, was cleared by an independent specialist, and returned to practice today.

Coach Andy Reid said he was not prepared to say whether Jean-Gilles would start Monday night against Washington or whether Nick Cole would be the starter, but Jean-Gilles said he expects to play, barring setback.

We'll see how things go," Reid said. "Nick has gotten the most reps this week ... Both guys are starting caliber gaurds. We need to see how Max does after this practice. That is the next step."

Jean-Gilles suffered a concussion Sunday against Indianapolis and has improved quickly.

"He felt pretty good. and had a little of bit of a headache the day after," Reid said. "He really cleared up and was feeling good. Just a matter of making sure the doctors were OK with it. The symptoms went away quickly. All these are different. We just have to take these as they come."

Jean-Gilles said he experienced drowsiness, dizziness and blurry vision after being kicked in the head while blocking for a field goal. He said his vision started to clear on Monday.

 "My chances likely are pretty high," Jean-Gilles said. "I feel good, I feel confident."

Given the stringent testing procedures required now for a player to return, no one would suggest the Eagles are rushing Jean-Gilles, but it also might be true that they don't relish lining up Cole, hobbled by a knee injury, against Redskins monster DT Albert Haynesworth.

Jean-Gilles is a closer match physically.

"Just two big guys going at it, so it's nothing new," Jean-Gilles said.

Both Cole and Jason Peters were limited in practice with the Eagles working on turf. "We backed off just a little bit," Reid said.

Safety Nate Allen and cornerback Ellis Hobbs will not play. Allen did not practice. The Eagles have "gradually brought [Hobbs] back in. We didn't take any steps back, which is a good thing. He is still not 100 percent."'

Kurt Coleman will make his first career start at free safety. Dmitri Patterson will start at cornerback for the second consecutive week.

On the Redskins injury report, they only have a group of players issued as questionable, although only wide receiver Brandon Banks was a limited participant in Saturday's practice.

Among those listed were: quarterback Donovan McNabb, running backs Clinton Portis and Ryan Torrain, safety LaRon Landry and linebacker Brian Orakpo.

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