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No Maclin, Dunlap as Eagles Prepare for AZ

Eagles coach Andy Reid said left tackle King Dunlap (hamstring) and wideout Jeremy Maclin (hip) would not practice today, as the Eagles began preparations for Sunday's visit to Arizona.

No Maclin, Dunlap as Eagles Prepare for AZ

Eagles coach Andy Reid said left tackle King Dunlap (hamstring) and wideout Jeremy Maclin (hip) would not practice today, as the Eagles began preparations for Sunday's visit to Arizona.

Reid again indicated it would be unlikely for Dunlap to play Sunday. He did not give an indication either way for Maclin.

The 2-0 Eagles have a lot in common with the 2-0 Cardinals. Both teams have won close games back-to-back weeks, and in both cases, the opponent scored a late touchdown that was called back by a penalty. The New England Patriots then missed a field goal that would have beaten the Cardinals.

But Arizona's dynamic defense sacked Tom Brady four times Sunday and will seriously test the Eagles' reworked offensive line; Demetress Bell will play in place of Dunlap and Dallas Reynolds takes over for center Jason Kelce, whose season ended Sunday with a knee injury. Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, a Dick LeBeau protege with the Steelers, has built a strong, aggressive unit.

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"They have a great pressure package," Reid said. "They'll bring one or two extra guys, they do a lot of fire zone things, very similar to what Dick LeBeau did ... they're doing it well. They have a lot of confidence in it, they have a lot of good athletes."

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt noted that while Kevin Kolb knows the Eagles' personnel and their offensive system, the defense has changed a lot under Juan Castillo.

Reid said Kolb "managed that [New England] game very well on Sunday. I thought he did a great job with that. He mixed it up -- they do a lot of different things offensively."

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Reid said that NFL Films president Steve Sabol, who died Tuesday, "battled a tough battle with that brain cancer, and he did it with a lot of pride and dignity."

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Reid noted that the Cards are riding a 6-game home winning streak.

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Left guard Even Mathis said the Eagles won't do anything differently up front, with Bell and Reynolds replacing Dunlap and Kelce.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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