Opening Remarks: "As you guys saw yesterday with (C) Jason (Kelce), he had a knee injury on the field. Dr. (Pete) DeLuca's exam and this morning's MRI confirmed a partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and a total tear of the MCL, which is the medial collateral ligament. The question arises, ‘what do you do with those two injuries?' There's not a consensus around the country among sports medicine people. The first thing we know is that the MCL has to heal up before you can do anything with the ACL. That takes up to four to six weeks. With the ACL, you have to decide whether or not you're going to have to fix it through ACL reconstruction or don't fix (it). If we fix it, he will be done for the season and he'll have a long rehab. If you don't fix it and the MCL heals, he has a chance to play this year. The next step for us will be that Dr. DeLuca will do a diagnostic orthoscope in the morning on Jason's knee. What he'll determine in that scope – while he's under anesthesia – is he'll examine the knee again. Jason was obviously in a lot of pain yesterday, and then this morning, it was tough to get a total exam. When he's asleep, you'll be able to really feel how the ACL checks up with the partial tear and whether it actually works. He'll go in there and scope it, and he'll look at the anterior cruciate ligament inside his knee with the scope to see how much of the tissue is intact. From there, we will determine our treatment plan, which could either be a 4-6 week rehab and a brace and continue to play through or to do his ACL reconstruction for six weeks from now. The reason that you don't do the ACL reconstruction right away is that if he goes in there and the ACL is totally torn or torn enough that he would fix it, he would come back out and let that MCL heal because you'll have a better result if the MCL heals. We'll share this information with other sports medicine experts around the country, some of the physicians in the National Football League and then we'll have a better idea of the treatment plan with the diagnostic scope and the exam."
On whether there are any examples of similar injuries that players have gone through: "There are other players. I won't go into which players. I have already spoken to a few of my colleagues this morning and I know that Dr. DeLuca has spoken to a few of his colleagues. As far as we can tell right now, it's a mixed bag. Some people get it fixed right away and other people just let the MCL heal and play with the partial."
Head Coach Andy Reid
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"All-in-all (a) good win for our football team. It's early in the season (and) we understand that. It was against what we consider a very good football team and a very physical football team. I thought our guys played physical football. We understand that we've got another big challenge ahead of us this week against Arizona. They're coming off of a big win against New England, at New England. They're playing good offense, defense and special teams, so we have to make sure we prepare ourselves right this week. (We) have plenty to work on coming out of this game. Absolutely plenty to work on and so we'll get busy on that.
"I'd tell you that I thought the offensive and defensive lines did a very respectable job (against Baltimore). It starts with those guys and they make everybody else better. I thought both sides played a solid football game. Then the guys who came in, (G/C Dallas) Reynolds, who will be the replacement for Kelce, replaced him in this game and did a respectable job as did (T Demetress) Bell at the left tackle spot. I can go through and name (them all). There are a lot of individual great efforts with the (TE Brent) Celek's, the (LB)
On whether Reynolds handled the protection calls after taking over for Kelce: "He did everything that Jason was doing with the calls. He's a smart kid. He's able to handle all of that. Listen, he had a big challenge. Literally, physically and mentally. He had a couple big men on him but he held his own there. He played good solid football."
On whether it was good for Reynolds to go through three seasons on the practice squad and now getting the chance to play: "I mentioned that yesterday. Those are the good stories in this game. He has an opportunity now and he's got to make sure he handles it the right way and continues to work hard. You don't forget what got you there. Prepare yourself right during the week as opposed to playing 35 or 37 plays, now you've got the whole thing. You have to be ready to go."
On whether Dunlap will remain the starter at tackle if he is healthy: "I think King would go back in this week if that's the case. We'll see. We'll see how he does with the hamstring. I think it'll be a battle to get him going but I was very pleased with how Bell played. I thought he did a heck of a job and worthy job to start and he's got a lot of experience under his belt to do that."
On whether the Eagles have the room to keep Kelce on the active roster if he is not ruled out for the season: "Well you have the one spot you can do with the IR-designated return spot. The new tag there that you could use. What we're trying to do is accumulate all of the information we possibly can right now and then answer the question about the backup center position. We just have to see how this all works out here and how we go with this."
On how the team will handle things on Sunday if no roster move is made: "Well we'll have to see how all of that works out. That's what we are going through right now."
On whether it is true that Mathis has experience at center: "Yeah, he has in little bits."
On at what point he realized he had something special with the rookie class: "Well, listen, I talked to (general manager) Howie (Roseman) about this during training camp, when we sit there and evaluate these kids every day, every play. There weren't the big surprises. There weren't the surprises where you saw what you saw on tape and then a kid comes in and you go, ‘Doggone it. Maybe it's not quite there.' That's not the feeling that you had. You felt these kids were what they were in college and were able to pick up what we were giving them. They're progressing; the offense, defense, and special teams part."
On what Reynolds showed him to keep him around on the practice squad for three years and then to activate him this year: "The simple answer, I would tell you that he went to BYU. But I'm not going to tell you that (laughs). Listen, he worked his tail off here and he saw this transformation in his body. You saw strength and quickness. He was always a really good athlete, but he got stronger and that's what he needed to do. He lived in that weight room and got himself together there, where he needed to be to compete at this level. Then, he was able to pick up the offense well and he did it with (defensive coordinator and former offensive line coach) Juan (Castillo). Juan was a big supporter of his and then when (offensive line coach) Howard (Mudd) came here, Howard was a big supporter of his. So, he was tested through both the coaches and both of them had positive things to say about him as a player."
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On the biggest difference between the team's ability to finish out games this year than last year: "You see the energy of the team. I think just overall, there's a certain confidence the fellas have and there's a certain trust they have so they've been able to stay together during the tough times of a game. Every game's going to present you with tough times, some more than others. But the key is that you stick together and you keep playing hard and aggressive and you trust the guy next to you and so on, all of the fundamental things. I think this group's done that, to this point; I mean, we're talking about the second game here, but they've been two pretty close games. But they've hung together and supported each other."
On the impact that having linebackers DeMeco Ryans and
On whether the last two close games have shown that the defense is starting to develop chemistry together: "Well, yeah. Listen, I think they trust each other. That's the important thing and not every game is going to be smooth sailing. That's not how it works. These other teams have got good football players, so there are going to be plays that are made and then you've got to come back and how you come back is what you want to see. For two weeks here, they've come back the way that you want to handle yourself. After a positive play has happened against them, they've come back and haven't lost any trust with one another."
On whether DE Brandon Graham has earned more snaps with the way he has been playing or if there are snaps to go around on the defensive line: "That's what it comes down to. So, (for defensive line coach Jim Washburn), that's a tough thing to juggle there. You have nine guys and they're all putting in positive snaps. So, it's important that Brandon just continues to keep pushing. It's a good problem to have, I guess I'd tell you. We'll just see if that increases or not as we go on here."
On whether it will be a struggle for WR
On what he expects to see out of former Eagle and current Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb: "He's a good football player. We knew that when he was here. I've told him before, I wish him the best of luck for 15 games, except the ones we have to play him. He's a heck of a player; that's what I can tell you. It won't be a surprise to anybody in the room if he's starting. Those guys who were here with him respect him and we know that he's capable of doing what he did at New England and leading his team to a win. We understand. We've got the picture."
On whether there is any merit to the Ravens accusations of the Eagles being "cheap": "I would tell you there was a little pushing and shoving and all that. I think it was probably both sides. I think it was two good football teams playing each other; you're going to get a little of that. It was a physical game. I'm not sure their opinion of us was that we were maybe as tough as what they figured out we were once we got there."
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On whether the physical nature of yesterday's game was a result of the referees not having control over the game: "Listen, I think when you get into those kind of games, when it's close and it's two good teams playing each other and they're both aggressive, aggressive teams, I think you're going to have a little bit of that. I think the regular officials that are here, they allow that too. They separate it quickly but they understand. You kind of get it. As long as there's not heavy punches thrown and that, I think they understand that. I thought they handled that okay. That didn't bother me."
On the biggest difference in S Nate Allen this year as opposed to last year: "You've got full trust in his legs, first, and then I just think he's more familiar with what we're doing. It looks like he has a pretty good grasp of what's going on. He had a great offseason, conditioning-wise, and he's playing physical football and always has had before. He's playing very physical and we ask a lot out of our safeties. When you play the wide-nine, you've got a c-gap responsibility at times and you've got to be able to come up there and put a lick on somebody. Both those guys are willing to do that, but Nate, in particular, he gets called on to do that quite often. He's doing that well. He's got cover ability. We knew that when we got him here. He's a good athlete that can cover."
On whether his mindset regarding QB
On Vick's first interception and trying to limit turnovers on offense: "You can't have turnovers. You can't have turnovers. You've got to do certain things there. I think he'd be the first to tell you just get up and get out of bounds and now you're at the seven-yard line right in there. You live to play the next play."