Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg disclosed a closely guarded secret Thursday: Michael Vick WILL PLAY Sunday against the Chiefs, though Mornhinweg said he wasn't sure how much.
Yes, everybody in the world already assumed that, but it was more than Eagles coach Andy Reid was willing to say on Wednesday. It's unclear whether Mornhinweg violated any coaching staff "pacts."
Mornhinweg indicated the exact number of Vick plays might depend on how it goes. "We'll see how he handles the few things we have in for him," Mornhinweg said.
Mornhinweg, who spoke before practice, said Brian Westbrook (ankle) was "getting better." He acknowledged that WR Kevin Curtis is affected by the sore knee that made him a limited practice participant on Wednesday. When practice began, it was evident that Donovan McNabb (rib), Westbrook (ankle) and wideout DeSean Jackson (groin) were not taking part. Curtis was again listed as a limited participant Thursday, as was safety Quintin Demps, who did not play last week against New Orleans because of hamstring strain.
Asked about all the injuries thus far, Mornhinweg said, "our players who have been in the past [are] excellent at playing with players that either don’t play or haven’t practiced all week. We expect the preparation to be sky high. If a player doesn’t play, the next man [needs to] step up and play as good or even better. That’s real, it does happen. That’s what we expect. That’s what our players expect. Our preparation has to be the key thing.”
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said the bottom line from Sunday's loss to the Saints was "I didn't get the job done on several different fronts."
“I don’t know if it’s a growing pain or as much as it is the highs and lows of a season, McDermott said. "It’s important that there is no knee-jerk reaction, but that we get things corrected. [I am] talking about fundamentals to playing the defense and the scheme and execution-wise we are going to continue to work hard to put a good product on the field each and every week and number one, be aggressive.”
Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher sounded a similar theme:
"Any time you have a game like that and you're a coordinator -- offense, defense, or special teams -- you have a responsibility to the team," Daisher said. "We're going to make sure we get the things corrected that we need to get corrected, to play better (against the Chiefs)."
On the injury report, listed as full participants were defensive end Victor Abiamiri (groin), linebacker Omar Gaither (neck), guard Max Jean-Gilles (knee), tackle Winston Justice (hamstring), linebacker Joe Mays (shoulder), cornerback Asante Samuel (neck).
In injury news from the Chiefs camp, linebacker Derrick Johnson said he will not play Sunday because of a pulled groin muscle, according to the Associated Press. Johnson said he was hurt in the final minutes against Oakland.
The Eagles announced they have released practice squad tight end Rob Myers and replaced him with Martin Rucker.
Rucker, 24, was released by the Browns on Tuesday and passed through waivers on Wednesday. He was a fourth-round pick in 2008 from Missouri. He caught two passes for 17 yards in five games (one start) in his rookie season.
The Eagles have only two tight ends on their 53-man roster in Brent Celek and Alex Smith.
Rucker is the younger brother of former Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Mike Rucker.
In other tight end news, former Eagle tight end Tony Curtis signed with Baltimore this week. Curtis was with the Eagles for a relatively brief period this summer and then was released before the season began by Smith.