Juqua Parker practiced today and said afterward he feels he can help the Eagles this Sunday in Buffalo, where they face a crucial early season test.
"It felt pretty good today. It felt better than yesterday," said Parker, who is trying to come back from a high ankle sprain suffered in the Atlanta game, the first of the three successive losses with fourth-quarter leads that have left the Birds 1-3. He is listed as questionable this week, and hadn't seemed at all optimistic until today, when Parker and Eagles coach Andy Reid suddenly changed their tune.
"I still feel a little pain, but it felt pretty good," Parker said. He said whether he plays is up to the coaches, but if it were up to him, he feels like "I could give 'em a little somethin' somethin' out there. A couple plays ... Scoop up another fumble or something and run it in for a touchdown (as he did in the opener). Maybe an interception."
DE Darryl Tapp is listed as probable and will start opposite Jason Babin, after missing the last three games with a pectoral muscle strain.
"Both of them got good work in today," coach Andy Reid said. "Tapp is a little bit further along than JP is. JP felt a lot better than he did the other day...
"With a high ankle sprain, you are going to have good days and bad days. Yesterday was not a good day for him. He said he felt sore. He came back today and said he felt good... We will just see how he does."
DE Trent Cole (calf) and OT Jason Peters (hamstring) are both out for the game, and probably for a few more weeks as well.
Given the injuries on the defense line, which include season-ending triceps surgery for Antonio Dixon, the Eagles could activate Derek Landri, who was re-signed this week. Reid said he had not yet decided who would be active.
"I'll get with Howie (Roseman, the general manager) and we will go over the numbers," Reid said. "I had to get through the week, before we decide who's up and who's down."
Landri's participation might hinge on whether Parker is active.
The Eagles lead the league in sacks and the Bills are among the top teams in fewest sacks allowed.
"He does a heck of a job," Reid said of Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. "He gets the ball out fast. Our guys do a heck of a job getting to the quarterback fast. It is going to be a great challenge ...Those are the kinds of challenges you enjoy as a football player."
Some other notes from Reid's news conference:
On whether the linebackers are aware of the scrutiny they continue to receive: "I think they are young guys working to get better every day. ...You have to take care of what you can control. For a football palyer or football coach that is getting better at what you do. Obviously, that covers a lot of ground. Once you get away from that, or have big ears, that's when you get in trouble. I think that group has that mindset."
On this week of preparation: "Our players have had a good week of practice and they are focused. They worked hard to learn about the opponent. I thought they had a good energy this week ... You take the same approach as we do always. If you are in a situation like this or win three games in a row, you keep it consistent. You go out and play your best football "
On rookie right guard Danny Watkins in advance of his first NFL start: "Danny has done a nice job, which I anticipated. We eased him back in over the last couple of weeks. He took all the reps this week and did well. "
Agent Drew Rosenhaus spent a few days around Philadelphia this week, including a lunch date Wednesday with client LeSean McCoy. This, plus a tweet from McCoy Thursday night about how there's a reason for everything, and Rosenhaus is such a great agent, prompted speculation that the Eagles were posied to extend McCoy, whose rookie deal expires after the 2012 season.
But McCoy acknowledged today that he just rehired Rosenhaus, after firing him earlier in the week.
"I don't really want to talk about it right now," McCoy said, when asked his reasoning.
Meanwhile in Buffalo, starting linebacker Chris Kelsay suffered a calf injury in Thursday's practice and will not play, coach Chan Gailey told reporters.
Starting cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring) is expected to play after missing the past three games Rookie cornerback Aaron Williams will miss his second straight game because of a chest injury.
Several Eagles were asked about 49ers running back Frank Gore's comments, Gore saying recently he felt the Eagles quit late in their 24-23 loss last Sunday.
"I'm looking forward to playing the Bills," said Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel, whose effort on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass has been questioned. "It's a good time to talk, when you win, right? He won, so he's got a lot to say."
Defensive end Jason Babin's indignation over what he felt was an unjust $15,000 fine for a hit on San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith was not soothed by the news that 49ers tackle Anthony Davis was fined $25,000 for leg-whipping Babin twice.
"He did something illegal," said Babin, who has said he feels he did not break the rules on the hit.
Babin was not so consumed by his fight against injustice that it prevented him from taking down LB Moise Fokou's nameplate to add a handwritten sign to Fokou's stall asking Fokou to go see Andy Reid. Fokou said he thought the prank was funny.