Andy Reid said that he didn't believe DeSean Jackson's foot bruise was serious enough to keep the Eagles wide receiver out of Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Jackson had his foot stepped on early in Sunday night's Giants victory and left briefly. He was visibly limping after the game and wore a protective boot as he left the visitors locker room at MetLife Stadium.
“It’s sore today," Reid said Monday. "But it’s not a Lisfranc or one of those things. It got stepped on. It’s tender. He came in early this morning and got treatment, so we’ll see how he does.”
Jackson had his best game in several weeks. The Eagles will surely need the receiver Sunday if Jeremy Maclin has to miss another game. Reid said that Maclin, who sat out the Giants game with shoulder and hamstring injuries, was progressing.
Should Vince Young start Sunday if Michael Vick can play but is not quite 100 percent?
|Yes. Young showed he can win games when Vick is not able to go all out.|
|| 812 (59.3%)
|No. Vick at 80 percent is better than Young at 100.|
|| 414 (30.2%)
|Why not start Vick and play Young only at the end if the game is on the line.|
|| 144 (10.5%)
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The other major injury question was who will be throwing to the receivers when the Eagles host New England. If Michael Vick is healthy he will start ahead of Vince Young, Reid said. But will he be healthy? Reid said that if the Patriots game were to be played on Monday Vick wouldn't be ready to go.
Vick broke two ribs against the Cardinals last week.
"I just got to see that he's comfortable," Reid said, before twisting his body to show how Vick has and will need to progress. "We got him from here to here last week. Now he got to get him here and then up here.
"When you get broken ribs they have a tendency to rub like this," Reid said. "When they start to join back together -- and it's not all the way back -- you still see the fracture, but there's a little sticky thing that goes on. ... You can't actually feel that rubbing and hear it."
Reid said Vick was at the NovaCare Complex Monday morning to receive treatment.
-- Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who missed the Giants with a high ankle sprain, isn't expected to be back for Sunday's game, Reid said. Joselio Hanson filled in for Rodgers-Cromartie at the nickel and played well.
“I’m not anticipating DRC back for a while here, so I would tell you that Joselio did do a nice job, but DRC is a good player too, so keep them all out there," Reid said when asked about Hanson permanently playing the nickel.
-- Defensive end Brandon Graham was not active because of knee swelling. He also had a rib contusion, but Reid said the knee was primarily why he held Graham back. Graham is coming off December knee surgery.
-- Offensive lineman King Dunlap did not pass baseline concussion testing last week, but will try again this week.