Jamaal Jackson took every repetition at center with the first team offense Monday and, baring a setback, appears to be on track to start the season opener against the Packers.
"That's my goal, but a lot can change from now and Sept. 12," Jackson said. "I'll just play it by ear and get on my knees at night and pray to the good Lord because he got me here."
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Sunday that he was going to push his regular starting center, and push him he did. The team practiced in their full pads in 90-degree heat and Jackson took part in his first round of one-on-one drills against defensive tackles.
"I think I did pretty good," Jackson said. "It was mostly power stuff to see if I could sit down on the bull. I handled that pretty well."
Reid even walked all the way over to watch Jackson in the one-on-ones, something the coach normally doesn't do during practices at the NovaCare Complex. Jackson said Reid probably also wanted to see how center/guard Nick Cole is doing since coming back from a knee injury.
In other injury news, wide receiver DeSean Jackson (neck/back) defensive end Trent Cole (ankle), linebacker Ernie Sims (forearm), guard Todd Herremans (ankle), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) and defensive end Ricky Sapp (knee) did not practice today.
Cole, Sims, Herremans, Patterson and Sapp conditioned outside. Jackson had his wisdom teeth taken out Monday and recovered at home.