Tapp Doubtful; Maclin Encouraged RE Hammy

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Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin is optimistic that he'll be able to contribute vs. the Jets. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Looks like the Eagles will be without defensive end Darryl Tapp Sunday against the Jets. Tapp did not practice all week and was listed as "doubtful" today.

Wideout Jeremy Maclin did practice, and said he expects to be much less limited this week than he was in Miami with his persistent hamstring pull.

"It's a complete difference," Maclin said. "I thought I felt pretty good last week, but now you can actually see it on film and stuff like that. I practiced full-go today, so I'm ready to go."

Eagles coach Andy Reid and several players said their focus will be on beating the Jets at 4:15 Sunday, not on the Cowboys-Bucs and Redskins-Giants games that will be finished by then, meaning the Eagles can be eliminated from the NFC East race by the time they take the field. The Eagles cannot be eliminated from all possible wild card playoff scenarios by kickoff time against the Jets, but those are really arcane, ridiculous scenarios.

"Everything is about the Jets right now; we can't worry about anything else," Reid said.

"I tell 'em we're going to play 'til the end," defensive end Trent Cole said, when asked what he tells younger players, in such a desperate situation. "Encourage everybody to play to the end. Play it like it's your last game, because anything can happen in the NFL."

Quarterback Michael Vick was among a number of people, including Reid, whio did not wish to delve into the reasons for the Birds' 1-5 home record this season.

"We can always change that around, starting this week," Vick said. "We can't do anything about the past, we can't change it. It's all about what we do in the future."

Vick said he doesn't know if his sore ribs will feel better than they felt last week in Miami, but he is hopeful.

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