Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown will sit out again tonight against the Dallas Cowboys, a team source confirmed.
Brown, out since suffering a strained left hamstring in the second preseason game against Carolina, had practiced Friday and coach Andy Reid seemed encouraged by the fourth-year receiver's progress. Apparently, however, the Eagles decided today that Brown still isn't ready.
Reid said he wanted to be cautious because he does not want Brown to re-aggravate the injury. Even if Brown had been able to play, the coach said he would have been in a limited role. Rookie DeSean Jackson and third-year receiver Hank Baskett will likely start again tonight.
Interestingly, Brown did take part in the pre-game warmups, catching passes from quarterback Donovan McNabb before the game. Brown appeared to be moving well.
There are some things I know I can count on tonight at Texas Stadium. One is that there's going to be a Cowboys fan constantly standing in front of me in a foam-rubber, 10-gallon Dallas hat that could actually fit about 100 gallons inside it. Another is that some guy is going to start yelling, "Hey Fat Andy" as soon as the Eagles' head coach walks on the field. I also know I'm going to become frustrated after the game when I have to make the mile walk to the visitor's locker room from the press box and wait for an elevator that moves slower than New York City gridlock.
Other than that, I'm not sure what to expect tonight. I think both these teams are good and, possibly, Super Bowl good. I think the Cowboys might be a little bit better right now, but the Eagles' defense is going to vastly improve as the season goes on and the young linebackers get more experience playing together.
It should be interesting.
The pick: Cowboys 24, Eagles 21