The guard situation

Now that Todd Herremans is back from injury, the Eagles have some decisions to make at their two guard spots. Judging from all indicators, Herremans will start at left guard and Nick Cole will move over and start at right guard for Monday night's game in Washington.

Cole had been filling in for Herremans in his absence and did a fine enough job that he'll supplant Max Jean-Gilles on the right side. The coaches won't say, however, if Cole will split reps with either Jean-Gilles or the forgotten Stacy Andrews.

There's also a chance that Herremans won't play every down Monday. Aside from the fact that he's coming back from a stress fracture in his foot, Herremans hasn't played all season. He's not going to be in tip-top football shape. Herremans has said he doesn't want to rotate, but he may have to deal with it for his first couple of games back.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said today that a rotation was possible even though he believes Herremans can play all 60 minutes.

"You can't predict it but I would expect him to play the whole game," Mornhinweg said. "He thinks he can. Our trainers, who are the best in this league, they think he can."

Herremans also has to be prepared to play left tackle because if Jason Peters tweaks his knee, Herremans is probably taking over before King Dunlap. "There are several things that could happen there," Mornhinweg said. "Todd could do that. Dunlap in there as well. He is a possibility."

All this unrest adds to an offensive line that was burned for sick sacks last week and one that faces a much better defensive line this week in Washington. Right tackle Winston Justice has been shaky the last two weeks and when Peters went down against the Raiders, the line's timing and the picking up of assignments was off for the rest of the game.

In other news, offensive coordinator Ted Daisher said today that Ellis Hobbs would go back to returning kicks. Quintin Demps filled in last week as Hobbs recovered from a wrist sprain.