A few pieces of news in the early going from Andy Reid's news conference at a jam-packed NovaCare Complex.
* Quarterback Michael Vick's quadriceps is "OK" and he will not be limited in practice this week, Reid said. Later, Vick told reporters he "definitely will be 100 percent" by Sunday's game. "I would think everybody took a look at that film (from the Minnesota loss) and critiqued it and tried to figure out what we can do to get better ... I'm almost 100 percent sure that we'll get the same looks (from Green Bay). It might not be exactly the same, but in some way, shape, or form, it'll be similar. We have to be ready for it," Vick said.
* Dimitri Patterson will be the starter at right cornerback against the Packers. Patterson seemed to lose his starting job after being beaten on three Giants touchdowns, but he played a strong, aggressive game last Sunday against the Cowboys, particularly as a blitzer. Who starts might matter little with the Eagles likely to play a lot of nickel with Joselio Hanson; the Packers use a lot of three wide receiver sets. Hanson said today he prefers to stay inside, where he has played most of the year.
* Gerard Lawson will return kicks for the Eagles, Reid said. Lawson spent last season with the Browns and was with the Hartford Colonials, of the UFL, after being released. Lawson flashed good speed in his Eagles debut, against Dallas.
* Stewart Bradley (elbow) and Max Jean-Gilles (ankle) will not practice today.
* Cornerback Asante Samuel is good to go, Reid said.
* Reid said it was important for the young players to understand that mistakes are magnified in the postseason and the speed of the game is faster, but "we have a pretty diligent group," as far as preparation goes.
* Reid mentioned that he took time to review the new overtime rules. He said the coaches reviewed them in the offseason and they present some unique challenges. Interesting to note that four of the last six Packers playoff games have gone to OT.
The Eagles announced that they have re-signed running back Martell Mallett to the practice squad. He takes the spot of Joique Bell, who was signed by the New Orleans Saints.
Mallett, the CFL's rookie of the year, was with the Eagles through training camp and the frst two weeks of the season on the practice squad. He also spent nearly 2 months on the Browns' practice squad, but was released Nov. 23.
In Green Bay, defensive end Cullen Jenkins was back on the practice field. He has missed the last four games with a calf injury. The Packers were not in full pads, but he did everything the other defensive linemen did, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Offensive lineman Chad Clifton, safety Atari Bigby and running back Kore Hall did not practice.
More to come ...
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