For a while there, the list of Eagles not practicing or practicing only on a limited basis was getting alarmingly long, but it miraculously cleared up Friday, as is often the case as a really big game approaches.
Most critically, cornerback Lito Sheppard practiced for the first time since leaving last week's win in Seattle with a groin injury. The Eagles are listing Sheppard as questionable -- as they are fellow corner Joselio Hanson, who has a hamstring problem -- but both players expect to play against the Giants Sunday night.
"I feel well, swell," Sheppard said. "Today was a good indication that I was able to do (what's necessary) ... I think I'll be fine."
Running back Brian Westbrook, who had some knee swelling after the Seattle game, participated fully as expected Friday and is listed as probable, as is safety Brian Dawkins, who sat out Thursday with a sore hammy. In fact, it seems likely the Eagles will have everyone available except back surgery patient Shawn Andrews, which would make them the healthiest they've been all season.
For what it's worth, the atmosphere around the team Friday seemed loose and confident. Either these guys are delusional, or they're ready to play a pretty good game against the 7-1, defending Super Bowl champion Giants.