Reid to Childress: 'I'm here with open arms'

Andy Reid said that he "would be honored" to bring former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress back to his staff next season.

Childress was fired as head coach by the Minnesota Vikings last month.

"Brad knows any time Brad wants to come back, I'm here with open arms," Reid said today in a conference call with Minnesota-area reporters. "I think Brad Childress should be given another opportunity as a head football coach. He does a heck of a job."

Reid went on to say that he had not contacted Childress, who was with the Eagles from 1999-2005, about a future position with his old team. Marty Mornhinweg is currently the Eagles offensive coordinator, although he has been mentioned a possible head coaching candidate in the off-season.

With the Vikings scheduled to meet the Eagles this Sunday, Reid and Childress had planned on gathering their families together for Christmas at the Reid home. Childress' firing, of course, changed those plans.

"I can't tell you I didn't feel bad about it," Reid said about Childress being fired after a 3-7 start. "He's a close friend. I think he's a great football coach."

Childress was replaced by Leslie Frazier, another former assistant under Reid.


In Eagles injury news, receiver Jason Avant cleared all of his post-concussion testing, Reid said, and practiced on Wednesday. Asked if he had ever had a concussion before, Avant said no and that he still hasn't had one. The Eagles attempted to clarify the confusion by saying Avant had a "mild" concussion.

Winston Justice will return this Sunday, Reid said, and start at right tackle. He missed the previous two games with a knee sprain. Linebacker Keenan Clayton (hamstring) and defensive tacke Mike Patterson (sore knee) did not practice. Linebacker Stewart Bradley (elbow) is out for the Vikings game.


Michael Vick will be named NFC offensive player of the week for his performance against the New York Giants on Sunday. It's the third time he's been so honored this season. The Eagles quarterback also finished second in overall Pro Bowl voting behind Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.