Despite missing the entire week of practice with a shoulder injury, fullback Dan Klecko will play today in the Eagles' NFC divisonal playoff game against the New York Giants. It wouldn't be surprising to still see Correll Buckhalter used as a fullback at various points during the game.
Tight end L.J. Smith, who missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, will also be active. Smith had his best game of the season at Giants Stadium last month when he caught six passes for 44 yards.
The Eagles' inactives today: tight end Matt Schobel, running back Lorenzo Booker, linebacker Joe Mays, defensive end Bryan Smith, wide receiver Greg Lewis and recently signed cornerback Dimitri Patterson. Lewis injured his ankle last week warming up in Minneapolis, but he practiced all week.
Giants defensive end Jerome McDougle will be active for the first time this season against his former team. McDougle played in the Giants' regular-season finale at Minnesota, which was his first game action since Oct. 13 against Cleveland. McDougle is probably active because defensive end Justin Tuck has been playing with a sore knee.
Two former Eagles, cornerback Rashad Barksdale and defensive tackle Jeremy Clark were among the Giants' inactives. The rest of the Giants' inactives: running back Danny Ware, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, tackle Adam Koets, defensive end Dave Tollefson, defensive tackle Leger Douzable and wide receiver Mario Manningham.
PREDICTION. Tried to get this prediction in the newspaper, but the boss didn't think that was a good place for it. After watching the Carolina Panthers giveaway their season to the Arizona Cardinals last night, there's reason to believe that the Eagles can also go on the road and win. Don't see it happening, however.
GIANTS 20, EAGLES 17.