Kolb to start; DeSean out
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Kolb to start; DeSean out
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Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback Sunday against Tennessee, coach Andy Reid said today.
Michael Vick, hampered by a rib cartilage injury, will see increased reps in practice and be in a reserve role against the Titans, Reid said. Vick only took reps last Friday with the scout team.
Asked if Kolb can win back the starting job, Reid said he was not thinking about that and that the team is focused on playing Tennessee. He also called "astute" a question about whether, given the team's injury situation, a 5-2 record going into the bye would be about as good as could be hoped.
Kolb was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Atlanta. It is the second time he has won the honor in his five career starts.
DeSean Jackson, who suffered a concussion and other injuries on a big hit by the Falcons' Dunta Robinson, likely will not play, Reid said.
Jackson is experiencing pain in his neck and right shoulder area and has not passed concussion testing.
Reid said the concussion crackdown in the league was "a good thing."
He added that the adjustments to the rules are nothing new. There was a time (in the early 20th century) when football was banned in some places "because people were dying," he said.
Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (elbow) won't practice today but Reid said his elbow is improving. Neither will Jason Peters, coming off surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Both are likely out this week.
LeSean McCoy, who is playing with a cracked rib, will not practice to rest the injury. Riley Cooper (concussion) will return.
Reid and the Titans' Jeff Fisher are two of the longest tenured coaches in the NFL. Reid said they key was to be yourself and be honest with the players.
Earlier, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said on a conference call that quarterback Vince Young will not practice today, although the team is only holding a light walk-through coming off a Monday night game. He said there was a "pretty good chance" that Young would be able to play against the Eagles.
As you might expect, the concussion crackdown elicited strong reactions in the locker room, particularly from defensive players.
Corner Ellis Hobbs noted that big hits are "what people want to see. They don't want to go through it themselves, but they want to see it."
Eagles players and coaches have not criticized Robinson, even though the league fined him $50,000.
"It was a big hit, but it was a clean hit," Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims said. "Both players were going full speed. I definitely feel like it was a clean hit."
Overall, "I'm not for it," Sims said of the crackdown. "As a defensive player, those are the type of plays you want to make."