Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reid: DeSean to play barring setback

UDPATED: Colts injuries listed below ...

Reid: DeSean to play barring setback

UDPATED: Colts injuries listed below ...

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DeSean Jackson will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, barring a setback, Eagles coach Andy Reid said today.

"I always leave that open when you're dealing with concussions," Reid said. "He had a great practice and is feeling well." Jackson also is expected to return punts.

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Offensive tackle King Dunlap and cornerback Ellis Hobbs will not play. Dunlap has a hyperextended knee and Hobbs has a strained hip flexor. Reid said both were making progress.

Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is expected to play, though Antonio Dixon will continue to start, Reid said. Bunkley missed a game with an elbow injury.

The Eagles' offense will see the return of Jackson, Jason Peters and Michael Vick. Reid was asked whether it might take some time for the offense to get going with those players returning.

"You don't want that to be the case," he said. "We're practicing for that not to happen. You want to jumpstart it and get in there. The reality will be what happens Sunday. We expect them to come in and get rolling and they expect the same from themselves."

 Vick said today: "it doesn't take long to get acclimated," after being out for a month, given that he was in good form before suffering that rib cartilage tear Oct. 3 against the Redskins. "Once you get back out there and start throwing the ball, your timing comes back quickly. It doesn't take too much time at all."

Vick said he isn't in any way hindered by the rib injury. "I practiced all week. I haven't felt anything. So I'm ready to go," he said.

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Colts running back Joseph Addai is listed as as doubtful. Backup Mike Hart is listed as questionable.

Also listed as questionable are wide receiver Ausin Collie, linebacker Kavel Conner, guard Ryan Diem, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, defensive back Jacob Lacey, defensive end Robert Mathis, defensive back Jarraud Powers, defensive back Justin Tryon and linebacker Clint Session.

Pete Wilson, of the Indianapolis Star reports via Twitter, that he expects Collie, Conner, Diem, Lacey, Mathis to play; all were listed as full practice participants today.

These players did not practice: Addai, tight end Brody Eldridge, Gonzalez, Hart, Anthony Johnson, Powers, Bob Sanders, Session, Tryon. Sanders and Johnson already have been ruled out.

Wilson reports that the expected starting linebackers Sunday will be Pat Angerer at SLB, Gary Brackett at MLB and Tyjuan Hagler at WLB.

The Colts also issued a press released today that read, "OG-Jacques McClendon will wear jersey number 80 at Philadelphia this Sunday and will be listed as a tight end." Injuries have taken their toll on the Colts. It is unclear whether McClendon will be active, and seems unlikely he would be running pass patterns if he were. 

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