Eagles' Injury Update

The Eagles are hoping to have some key players back in action when they make their first Monday Night Football appearance of the season. There's reason to believe that the news is good on at least a couple of fronts.

First, a simple look at who's got what injury wise...

  • Rod Hood (CB) - Is listed as doubtful for Monday night with a heel injury. Hood hasn't practiced this week and the heel is bothering him pretty much. He probably shouldn't have played last week, but with other secondary injuries, Hood and the Eagles decided to give it a shot.
  • Lito Sheppard (CB) - Remains listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. Sheppard was doing better and earlier in the week hoped to play Monday night, but may sit out one more week, but with a banged up secondary, Sheppard may be pressed into action. He didn't practice again on Thursday.
  • Brian Dawkins (S) - After suffering a concussion against San Francisco, Dawkins is listed as questionable and hasn't practiced this week.
  • Donte Stallworth (WR) - Stallworth missed practice on Thursday because of his sore hamstring and is still a question mark for Monday night's game.
  • Brian Westbrook (RB) - As expected, Westbrook hasn't practiced this week because of his sore knee. He is showing progress though and is likely to play Monday even though he's still listed as questionable.
  • Shawn Andrews (G) - Has a shoulder injury but was practicing Thursday and is probable for Monday night.
  • Reggie Brown (WR) - Brown is suffering from a sore shoulder and quad, but is listed as probable for Monday night. The injuries have slowed him a little, but he was practicing this week.
  • Sean Considine (S) - Listed as probable for Monday with a hip injury.
  • Darren Howard (DE) - Has been practicing even though he's got a sore knee. He's probable against Green Bay.
  • Michael Lewis (S) - Probable for Monday (quad injury).
  • Reno Mahe (RB) - His ankle is doing much better and he's been practicing and should play Monday night against Green Bay.
  • Matt McCoy (LB) - Suffered a stinger against San Francisco, but will play Monday night.
  • L.J. Smith (TE) - His shoulder hasn't kept him out of practice and he'll play Monday night, although he admits the injury - a sprained shoulder joint - bothers him. After catching 13 passes in the first two games, he had just 3 receptions for 19 yards Sunday.
  • William Thomas (T) - Has been hobbled by a sore foot, but was able to return to practice on Thursday and is probable for Monday night.
  • Darwin Walker (DT) - Quad injury isn't slowing him too badly and he's probable for Monday night.
  • Obviously, Westbrook, Stallworth and Dawkins are the main concerns, so let's start there.

    Westbrook's sore knee seems to have weathered Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and the five-hour return trip from the west coast fairly well.

    While Westbrook didn't practice Thursday as the Eagles started preparing for Monday night's game against the Green Bay Packers, he did say the running back's knee is feeling better than it did a week ago.

    Westbrook was listed as questionable last week and didn't get on the practice field until the Friday. He started against the 49ers and notched 164 rushing and receiving yards on just 12 touches.

    "Hopefully, we're getting to the end of it, to where he's feeling a little bit better here," Reid said. "We'll just see in the next couple of days exactly where he is with it. But he wants to practice and we want him to practice. At the same time, we have to be smart with it."

    Westbrook's 12 touches against the Niners were 14 fewer than he had the week before in the Eagles' 30-24 overtime loss to the New York Giants. But Reid insisted that he didn't have his star running back on a touch count.

    "To be honest, coming into this game, he felt a little better than he did the week before," Reid said. "I thought he'd be OK for this game."

    Not too long before last week's game, Stallworth was a go to start at wide receiver. During warm-ups though he suffered spasms in his injured hamstring and the Eagles weren't going to take any chances with him. He was switched to the inactive list and sat out the game. He didn't practice Thursday, but there is still some hope that he'll play Monday night, although he's listed as questionable.

    Dawkins is coming along nicely after suffering the concussion on Sunday. He didn't practice Thursday, but is figuring on playing against Green Bay and isn't worried about any long-term effects from the injury.

    "Truthfully, I don't concern myself about the long term [effects] because it is not something that is frequent. When it starts getting frequent - from dealing with guys in hockey and reading about those guys. And even some of the guys in football - I've read about [former NFL linebacker Bill] Romanowski and what he dealt with, that's when you start paying more attention to it," said Dawkins.

    As for how he got hurt, Dawkins said it was his own fault.

    "I had my head in the wrong position. I should have just hit him with my left shoulder instead of my right but I like to hit with my right, my right arm. I'm right handed so I like to hit with my right shoulder so I try to hit with that. But you can't do that when a guy is running full speed at you like that. For all the kids out there, don't do what I did."

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