Linebacker Akeem Jordan (knee) and safety Quintin Demps (ankle) will not play Sunday against Chicago, coach Andy Reid said.
Reid was not saying who the starting middle linebacker will be, although indications are that it will be Joe Mays, with Chris Gocong moving back to the strong side and Will Witherspoon remaining at the weak side. “We’ll see. It depends on the personnel groups that they put out there,” Reid said. “[Mays] has worked in there. He worked in there last week a little bit too. We have different combinations that we can use there.”
With Demps out, Jeremy Maclin is expected to return kicks.
Cornerback Sheldon Brown was limited in practice today and is listed as questionable.
“We’ll see how he does,” Reid said. “He moved around pretty good today when he was in the team period. He took all the scout team reps yesterday. He felt pretty good coming out of them.”
As for Brian Westbrook, who will not play this week or next, Reid said Westbrook is doing “nothing this week.”
“We’re backing him off and letting him rest,” Reid said. “That was on the doctor’s plan that they had for him. Next week he can start going back to meetings and doing some things. We’ll see how he feels as he goes.
"I think the doctors want to see how he does after two weeks. What kind of symptoms he has and then they’ll just go back through and evaluate him after that, two to three weeks. We’ll just see how he feels after that.”
Kevin Curtis also is out for the game. Reid said Curtis is "still a little bit away," but indicated he did not play to put him on injured reserve, which would end his season.
Listed as probable for the Eagles are: DE Victor Abiamiri (knee), G Nick Cole (knee), DT Antonio Dixon (foot), LB Chris Gocong (hamstring), S Macho Harris (eye), WR Jeremy Maclin (foot), DT Mike Patterson (wrist, toe), T Jason Peters (ankle), RB Leonard Weaver (ankle).
On the Chicago side, tight end Desmond Clark (neck) and safety Kevin Payne (back) are listed as doubtful and are unlikely to play.
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