After last night’s comeback victory over Chicago, coach Andy Reid lauded quarterback Donovan McNabb and called him a “Hall of Fame player.”
Reid was asked about that assertion during his day-after news conference on Monday.
“I think he’s done some incredible things in this league,” Reid said. “When it’s all said and done, he will be worthy of that.”
The Eagles also are approaching the one-year anniversary of Reid benching McNabb for the second half against Baltimore.
“I didn’t think any of us were doing our best job,” Reid said upon reflection a year later. “I think everybody needed to pick up our game. Unfortunately, it starts with the quarterback and works its way around. With that, everybody picked up their game -- not that I had any prophecy into that, but that’s what ended up happening. I knew we were leading the league in drops, and Donovan wasn’t catching the ball. We weren’t protecting very well and he wasn’t blocking. He wasn’t calling the plays and so on.”
On the injury front, cornerback Asante Samuel felt good after the game and this morning, Reid said. He was initially thought to have a neck stinger, but Reid described it as “more of a neck strain.”
Linebacker Akeem Jordan, who missed the last two games with a hyperextended knee, “is close,” Reid said. “He’s been able to run in the pool and done some stuff on the treadmill.” Reid indicated that Joe Mays and Jeremiah Trotter would again play at middle linebacker.
Safety Quintin Demps remains sidelined with a high ankle sprain.
Wide receiver Kevin Curtis and running back Brian Westbrook are out for Sunday’s game against Washington.
“Kevin is making progress,” Reid said. “He’s getting closer here to being able to run.”
Reid also talked about the play of Sheldon Brown (hamstring), Jason Peters (ankle) and Leonard Weaver, who all fought through injuries.
“My hat’s off to those three guys,” Reid said.
Stacy Andrews did not play and Reid indicated his first start last week against San Diego indicated some physical problems. He also said that he wanted to get Max Jean-Gilles back in the lineup.
“We knew with Stacy’s knee that first year back, especially as late as he had it, after knee surgery is a tough thing,” he said. “This isn’t a unique thing. This isn’t about Stacy’s will or knowledge. It’s the ability to plant that leg and be comfortable. He will be back in there. We’ll back off a little bit and then pick back up.”