Injured Birds Remain Questionable

The Eagles are hoping to have some key players back in action for Sunday's game against Jacksonville, but their hopes remain 'Questionable'.

Cornerback Rod Hood, who has missed the past four games with a heel strain, was downgraded from probable to questionable on the injury report Thursday.

Hood did practice Thursday, but defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said a decision on whether he plays Sunday against Jacksonville probably won't be made until a few hours before the game.

"We're going to wait and see," Johnson said. "A lot of things depend on how he feels. We'll make that decision game time possibly."

If Hood, who is the team's nickel corner, plays, it will be the first time since Week One that the Eagles will have their top three corners. But Johnson has been very impressed with the Hood's replacement the last four weeks, Joselio Hanson. He hinted Thursday that even if Hood were able to play Sunday, he still might use Hanson as the third corner.

"(Hanson) is playing good, and it will be a factor," Johnson said. "Rod was going to start in our situations (package), and he'll play some. But right now, we're pretty happy with Hanson."

On the offensive side of the ball, TE L.J. Smith practiced Thursday but still was listed as questionable on the injury report with a strained back. He is expected to play Sunday, though the injury might have an effect on his play. FB Thomas Tapeh remained questionable Thursday with a groin strain. Tapeh is the only fullback on the roster. He did practice, though, and he is expected to play Sunday against Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, the news is all good on RB Brian Westbrook. After having a career day in Tampa last week, Westbrook reports no problems with his knee. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game and has practiced the past two days.


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