Reid on injuries, penalties, Vick

Michael Vick gets hit by the Texans Amobi Okoye in the second quarter. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Eagles right tackle Winston Justice has a hyperextended knee. An MRI showed the knee was structurally sound. He would not be able to practice today if there was a practice, Andy Reid said at his day-after news conference.

Reid said Asante Samuel (knee) and Juqua Parker (hip) are making progress and should be able to practice Wednesday when the team begins preparations for Dallas.


Penalties continue to haunt the Eagles -- 11 for 85 yards Thursday night. Reid said the offside and false-start penalties speak to focus and concentration.

"I've said this before, you've got to be as disciplined as you can in practice and practice as fast as you possibly can," Reid said. "We have work those techniques in practice that you will work in a game. We have to continue to teach the scout team what the opponent is using so our guys can work those techniques in practice."

"You make it tough on yourself. It doesn't have to be that tough. Against football teams like we've played here, you can't shoot yourself in the foot. It's not a good thing. It's not productive."

Asked specifically about the defense jumping offside so much agaunst Houston, Reid said, "The (Texans') center was very dramatic with his head movements, and when he did that, the ball would move up. It was loud (from crowd noise). With that, we had an overexaggerated silent count. Normally those officials warn those guys on that. Our guys are trained that when the ball moves, they take off."

On Michael Vick: "Michael put together another great game ... There were a couple of drops in there but he had a good game working the offense and keeping and regaining momentum and all the intangible things there."

On Vick being hit, compared to roughing the passer calls going against the Eagles: "That bothers me. He does run, but he's still the quarterback. You can't treat him like a running back there. That's not what the rules state."

On the extra rest coming: "I think we needed that. We played a lot of games in a short period of time. We had a number of teams that had an extended period of time to get ready for us ... I welcome it right now. It's good to have this time."

The questions continued about DeSean Jackson. Asked where Jackson's head is, Reid replied, "I've seen it between his right and left shoulder the whole time. He's OK. He loves to play the game and I appreciate that."

On Jerome Harrison: "We're trying to find spots to work him in. He's definitely worthy of playing more. It's not anything from his effort or ability. It's hard at times to take McCoy off the field when he's in the swing of things."

On struggles on defense in the red zone: "It's too much. We have to do a better job there. Sean (McDermott)'s beating himself up there. He's looking at it. He's been looking at it. We have to put guys in the right position and when guys have an opportunity to make plays they have to make plays. It's that simple."

On shutting out the best fourth-quarter offense in the league: "Defensively, what a great fourth quarter. The third quarter they were able to maintain the football and had some long drives there. The fourth quarter, our guys buckled down. Sean made the adjustmetns he needed to make and the players executed it like crazy."

Reid decided this morning to give the players five days off. They will not practice again until Wednesday in advance of next Sunday night's game against Dallas. After the game, he told the players they would be in for a 10-10-10 practice Monday.

"I want them to get their mind off football for a little bit, which won't happen," Reid said. He said the weight room will be open, some players will be in for rehab and others might leave town for a few days.

On the right guard situation: "I thought Max (Jean-Gilles) did a good job. Nick (Cole) got in for a play. We've got a good there thing. I'm not sure exactly what I will do there, but I feel confident in both of them."




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