Sunday, November 29, 2015

Reid: Cole, Peters "good to go"

The Eagles should have defensive end Trent Cole and left tackle Jason Peters back on the field Sunday when they face the Cowboys, Andy Reid said Wednesday.

Reid: Cole, Peters "good to go"

Trent Cole is expected to be in the lineup against Dallas on Sunday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Trent Cole is expected to be in the lineup against Dallas on Sunday. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The Eagles should have defensive end Trent Cole and left tackle Jason Peters back on the field Sunday when they face the Cowboys, Andy Reid said Wednesday.

The coach said both should be "good to go."

Peters' return means Todd Herremans will return to right tackle and Winston Justice will go back to the bench.

The Eagles now have back the five starters as envisioned after training camp, and they will be happy to have back Peters, a Pro Bowler who at times can be their best lineman. The offensive line has been better than expected this season, but faces a huge test against the Cowboys, who rank eighth in the NFL in sacks, with 17, and are led by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who, in the Ryan tradition, loves to sow confusion among they offensive line.

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"They like to do a lot of things in their nickel package that try to confuse guys," said center Jason Kelce. "Lot of moving parts."

That includes linebacker DeMarcus Ware, whose eight sacks are the second most in the NFL.

"All they're trying to do is get you out of your comfort zone," Kelce said.

Herremans said he has been comfortable with his changing role -- from guard to right tackle to left tackle and now back to the right -- but that the offensive line took a step backwards mentally in recent games, making mistakes on the same kind of plays that they got right in the early going this season.

-- Cole will be able to practice as much as normal, despite missing the last two games with a calf strain, Reid said. Without him the past two games, the Eagles have tallied only two sacks, compared to 15 the first four weeks.

-- Reid said he has spoken to Asante Samuel and that the two are "moving on" after the team reportedly talked about a Samuel trade before last week's trade deadline. Samuel was miffed enough to tell 97.5 FM that it didn't sit well with him that the Eagles don't want him. Reid didn't deny having talks, but tried to make it sound like the Eagles were fielding calls, rather than putting them out. Everyone is talking to everyone at the trade deadline, he said, and teams see that the Eagles have a surplus of cornerbacks. Which can be true even if the Eagles were, at the same time, making calls themselves soliciting bidders for Samuel, whose $5.9 million salary is scheduled to balloon to $8.4 million and $10.4 million in the next two years. Samuel declined to talk to reporters Monday and was nowhere to be seen in the locker room Wednesday during the early portion open to reporters.

-- Brandon Graham will practice today, but Reid said he had not yet decided if the second-year defensive end will play Sunday. The Eagles can activate him at any time before the game, but appear inclined to give him at least another week of practice and contact before putting him on the 53-man roster. Reid said Graham needs to get back into game shape and wants to see him knocking around with offensive linemen, something he couldn't do while on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Eagles have 21 days from this past Monday to decide whether to activate Graham.

-- Graham said he gained 10 to 15 pounds after his knee surgery, but got back to "where I need to be" by reducing the amount of junk food he eats, cooking more and changing his diet -- cutting out beef and using turkey instead. "I would eat two, three plates, now I'm like, one and a half," he said. He still eats cheese steaks, Graham said, but tries to have half and save the rest for later.

-- Reid talked about the failed Ronnie Brown trade for the first time. He said he wanted to give Brown an opportunity to go to a team where he could be more involved, provided the Eagles got another backup in return. He did not give any indication that Brown would have a larger role back with the Eagles. LeSean McCoy is playing great and Dion Lewis appears to have passed Brown on the depth chart.

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