Andy Reid Press Conference: 9-26-05

"[K] David Akers had another MRI this morning because he was complaining about soreness in another area of the hamstring, so we did another MRI. David has a tear in the hamstring in the area that he was complaining about, which was quite a bit lower than the area he was complaining about before. It's going to be a struggle for David to be able to kick this weekend and most likely he won't do that. We will have to make a potential roster move down the road here.

[QB] Donovan McNabb had a couple of things I didn't tell you about yesterday. I found out his morning he has a shin contusion and his chest was hurting him quite a bit after the hit that [Raiders DT Warren] Sapp hit him on the back. His chest was quite sore and it's that way today as well. The lower abdomen is also sore. It's no worse than what it was, but he does have some soreness. [WR Terrell Owens] T.O. is still feeling some soreness in his lower abdomen area. Again, it's no worse than what it was. As a matter of fact, it actually feels a little better than it did at this time last week. [DT] Juqua [Thomas] has a knee strain. They did an MRI on his knee this morning, thinking that it could have potentially been a cartilage tear and it's not. We will see how he does here in the next couple of days. [DT] Darwin Walker has a pretty substantial thigh contusion. There is quite a bit of swelling and bleeding in there. It's kind of a freak thing that happened on Friday. He caught a knee in the thigh and finished the practice up and he really felt pretty good. The next day on Saturday, it was pretty sore and he is going to at least miss this week and we will see how things go down the road with him. Those are tough injuries and he is working through it. [CB] Rod Hood came out of the game on the one punt with a slight hamstring spasm and was able to go back in. That is it on the injury side of it."

Opening remarks:

"I failed to mention about the fans yesterday. I thought they did a great job. The crowd noise was unbelievable and as a result there were a couple of penalties that came out of it with delays and timeouts. They really had a big effect on the game. I thought there were some good things I saw. There were some things that we need to go back and work on, on both sides of the ball and special teams. There were too many penalties overall. We have to knock those down. We had 10 penalties for 80-plus yards and we can't have that. If you are going to be a good football team, you need to eliminate that. I have to give credit to the Raiders. I thought they did a nice job in the game. They are a very talented team and [Raiders head coach] Norv [Turner] has some new pieces that he is working in there. It is going to take a little bit of time, but once they all click, they are going to be a super football team. It was a great challenge for us and I was proud of the way our guys hung in there and battled. There were times where they could have easily hung their heads and they didn't take that approach. They battled through it and did a nice job."

On how he will approach playing Donovan McNabb next week:

"We will see how he does tomorrow and how he comes back on Wednesday. He should be fine for the game. We need to get rid of the soreness and he should be alright."

On the reports that David Akers could be out 3-6 weeks:

"We will see how it heals up. Right now we are not saying that. But, he is going to most likely miss this week and we will see how it heals up. It's a little too early to determine that."

On whether K Todd France is the guy who would kick if Akers could not go:

"Yeah."

On what he thinks Donovan's most serious injury is:

"I worry a bit about the chest that keeps reoccurring. He took a pretty good shot there and we have to get that settled down a bit and I guess you can put the abdomen strain right up there too. That's bothering him. I think the shin will heal up a bit too."

On what he relies on to decide whether an injured player will play:

"You first look at the medical evidence and try to exhaust that. We go to the nth degree to try to do that and then you work from there. You talk to the doctors and talk to the player and have to take a bunch of information in try to come up with the right answer."

On what degree of tear Akers has:

"It's not an extreme degree with the tear, but it's enough where it's certainly an issue."

On whether the tear occurred on the opening kickoff:

"It happened on the kickoff, yeah."

On whether Akers will kickoff when he returns:

"I don't know. I can't answer that. I will have to see how he does. We were in a position where we were ready to activate Todd France if needed, but David felt great going in and we saw him in the pregame warm up kicking well. It's just one of those things."

On whether he would keep two kickers:

"I would rather not do that, but if we have to do something like that, we will."

On whether he will change his approach of deciding to play injured players:

"I think that is a bit of a loaded question. I would say we did our homework and came up with the opinion that he could play."

On whether he felt the injury had a chance to get worse:

"Well it's in a different spot. That is what's different here. It's not the same spot. It's really a different injury in the leg."

On whether one injury could be related to the other:

"Well, that's the question. Supposedly not, having it in a different area."

On what he tells the team about the injuries, so that they don't feel sorry for themselves:

"Well, I don't think they will go in that direction. The guys are not holding their head about it. They're working through it and doing the things they do the get themselves feeling better. I have not seen a negative result of that. Guys aren't moping around."

On whether there are plans to have more doctors get involved with Donovan's injury:

"We will see how things go here. Right now there are no plans and I think he feels pretty clear about what it is. There is a chance that he gets a second opinion."

On whether he thinks Donovan will be hurting all year:

"No, not necessarily."

On whether there is a possibility he could sit Donovan for a few weeks:

"I don't think we are at that point, not today."

On whether he is worried about the defenses 4 man rush:

"No, I'm not."


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