Sunday, February 7, 2016

Vick's Knee OK; Dunlap Back This Week?

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday that the knee contusion Michael Vick suffered on a fourth-quarter slide Sunday night was of little consequence, that Vick is expected to practice Wednesday. Also practicing, after a two-week absence, will be left tackle King Dunlap, Reid said. Reid did not commit to starting Dunlap this week against the Steelers -- he said he wants to see how Dunlap looks. Reid said Demetress Bell played pretty well against the Giants (after another really wifty first quarter, though Reid didn't say that.)

Vick's Knee OK; Dunlap Back This Week?

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Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday that the knee contusion Michael Vick suffered on a fourth-quarter slide Sunday night was of little consequence, that Vick is expected to practice Wednesday. Also practicing, after a two-week absence, will be left tackle King Dunlap, Reid said. Reid did not commit to starting Dunlap this week against the Steelers -- he said he wants to see how Dunlap looks. Reid said Demetress Bell played pretty well against the Giants (after another really wifty first quarter, though Reid didn't say that.)

Reid noted that the Eagles won the turnover battle, 1-0, for the first time this season, but that was marred a bit by their problems covering kickoffs -- Giants returner David Wilson averaged 36.2 yards on six returns. So field position again was a challenge, just as when they were turning the ball over a lot. It might be relevant that special teams ace Colt Anderson, who missed the Giants game with a knee problem, apparently is OK now and will practice Wednesday, Reid said.

Reid lauded defensive coordinator Juan Castillo's gameplan against what he said might have been the hottest offense in the league. He said the d-backs forced Eli Manning to throw into tight windows, which he observed is hard to do consistently.

Someone mentioned that Michael Vick said after the game he wasn't a fan of the decision to ice Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, the Eagles granted a timeout just as Tynes was missing his first try from 54 yards. Fortunately for Reid, Tynes also missed the second try.

"For about one minute there, I wasn't a fan of myself," Reid said.

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